Scrimmage Report - Aug 15 - Offense

Offensively, Dorsey was hot and cold. He didn't have a lot of success throwing the ball downfield to his wide receivers, but there are two major reasons for that.

First, his arm has been working at an incredible pace since practice started and quarterbacks often get tired arms about a week into practice. It happened to him last year, too, at this time. And second, our cornerbacks are as good as they get. Phillip Buchanon and Mike Rumph are NFL type players and are difficult to throw on.

However, Dorsey was awesome with the underneath stuff. He and Jeremy Shockey will be one of the most exciting and productive QB/TE tandems in college football this season. The underneath stuff to Shockey and the running backs will really open up the downfield stuff to the receivers. Just when teams get tired of getting beat underneath, that's when Dorsey can open it. And despite a tired arm today, Dorsey has proven time and again that he can throw the deep ball as well as several starting quarterbacks in the NFL.

At running back, Willis McGahee saw some reps with the first unit and looked very impressive again. Jarrett Payton caught the ball and ran well at fullback, while freshman Frank Gore was simply awesome. True, he's not going against our starting defense, but he is truly a great runner. The way he moves his hips and allows defenders to get so close before making a cut is remarkable. It reminds a lot of people of a young Edgerrin or a young Ottis Anderson. I truly believe Gore is the best player in the entire freshmen class.

Ethenic Sands and Jason Geathers were most impressive at wide receiver today. Geathers is having probably the best camp of any of the receivers, while Sands continues to come up huge. It seems like all his catches are worth first downs. On 3rd and 11, for example, it seems like he knows exactly how to get 12 instead of ten. Perhaps having played quarterback at UM for two years is a major reason for it.

At tight end, I mentioned how impressive Shockey was. David Williams also played well. His blocking ability has improved tremendously and actually had a pancake on one running play.

The offensive line continues to work well as a unit. Working against Andrew Williams, who is probably as quick and as talented as any defensive end we'll face all season, Bryant McKinnie was in mid season form. Chris Myers drew a lot of praise from Coach Kehoe, while the second team was anchored by Carlos Joseph and Vernon Carey, two kids on UM's line who have very bright futures here.

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