"It wasn't bad, but we've got to come back strong this afternoon. That's the key," said Snyder of Marshall's effort on Wednesday morning. "We'll see how we come out, but I was pleased with this morning. We had some teaching, had some good things and some success for both sides of the ball. I like to see the defense have a little success and the offense to have a little success.
Snyder wasn't pleased with one area and that was the offense running the ball. Granted, with David Ziegler, the Herd's starting left guard, out nursing a shoulder injury and right tackle Wesley Jones in a gold, not quite full-go jersey, the offensive line was hampered a bit. That made John Inman move up from second team right guard to fill for Ziegler and Chris Barnes is continuing to get reps with the ones at right tackle and with the twos at left tackle. "We have got to run the ball better," said Snyder. "we have to get some consistancy there. We have got to finish, get our heads on the right people (no matter who is in there)."
Freshman cornerback Ashton Hall had the highlight of the scrimmage when he stepped in front of William Barber and took a Wesley Beardain pass for about a 50-yard score. "Nice job by the rookie taking it to the house, but Wesley threw it right to him," said Snyder, laughing. "So, I don't want to get too excited but it was good to see Hall catch the ball and know where the end zone is." Part of that play was the relentless pressure by end E.J. Rascoe, who gave a pass rush clinic to true freshman tackle Brandon Campbell. Rascoe had a half-sack, along with freshman end Michael Janac, on the first play, then sacked Beardain on the second play and his pressure caused the QB to throw early to Barber, who didn't help his quarterback much by turning and letting Hall cut in front of him for the score.
The defensive line, who had Coach Thielen Smith after them yesterday after "Hoot-N-Holler," came to play, especially in half-line drills. At one point, no one seemed able to block tackles Chris Terrell and Juan Underwood, as well as ends Albert McCellan and John Jacobs in what is a strictly running drill. Underwood, who was back with the second team ahead of Bilal El-Amin, was finally held on the final play to break a big run by Chubb Small, after Coach Larry Kueck called up the offense and chewed them out for the lack of running success. Also, Blake Merritt absolutely ate up the thrid team offensive line on nearly every play, making three tackles in a row. Other players on the defensive side to shine included Ian Hoskins, Brandon Souder, Jason Kaminski and even coach Thielen Smith, who knocked away a swing pass from tight end Slate when the route ran by him on the sidelines.
NOTES:Snyder was missing a few players who were in class this morning, but said outside of Kelvin Turner, everyone is set academically for this year. Turner needs to get one class this summer term, which ends Friday. "We'll let them take classes in this term, if it's towards graduation," said Snyder of being in class today and Friday morning...Of Turner, who moved back to running back after a three-day tryout at corner, Snyder remarked he "looked a lot better running forward than backwards." Turner rushed for over 2,600 yards and 43 touchdowns in 2004 as a senior at Danville (Ky.) High School, with a career total of over 7,100 yards and a Kentucky state record of 116 scores...Bernard Morris was 6-of-7 passing during team. He hooked up with Emanuel Spann for two "lasers" he shot in through tight coverage by corner J.J. Johnson with one for eight yards and one for about a 45-yard gain. He also hit Shawn Lauzon in the face of a big blitz for a 15-yard gain down the sideline over tight coverage by Jeremy Frazie at the other corner...Frazie did have a couple of interceptions in 7-on-7, along with a huge hit on tight end Cody Slate, who was running with the first team, along with Brian Shope...Derek Devine took snaps with the second team and continued to throw the ball well this camp.