Scrimmage Report - Aug 15 - Defense

With the amount of talent and explosiveness that our offense possesses, it's truly encouraging to see how well our defense is playing. In all our championship years, our defense was always the one who had the upper hand in fall scrimmages. That was again the case today.

John Square supplied the most heat on the quarterbacks, and he was running with the first unit a lot. Only a sophomore who is still learning, this kid's got incredible burst off the line of scrimmage and is really playing like he wants to garner some serious playing time this season.

Matt Walters, William Joseph, and Vincent Wilfork clogged in the middle for most of the scrimmage. Walters again made a few plays behind the line of scrimmage, while Wilfork is impossible to move.

At linebacker, two sophomores probably had their best practices in their young UM careers. Jonathan Vilma and D.J. Williams were in the starting lineup and both were all over the field. At this stage, it looks like Vilma is clearly the best middle linebacker on this team, and you can tell from a talent and experience standpoint. Williams is playing with an attitude. His hitting ability reminds you of a young Nate Webster or a young Mike Barrow.

I mentioned in the offensive review how well the cornerbacks played today. But it was the entire secondary. People want to talk about how the passing game struggled downfield, but can you imagine how much better our defensive backs are making our young wide receivers? Going against guys like Rumph, Buchanon, Ed Reed, and Jermell Weaver every day in practice is going to allow you to enter any football game this season with plenty of confidence. While Antrel Rolle and Sean Taylor were playing with the second unit, watch out for Kelly Jennings. If you want to see a young corner with instincts that knows exactly the types of routes his opponent will run, watch this kid. He's been very impressive thus far for coach Mark Stoops.

The rest of the preseason practices will be closed to the public.

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