Spring Scrimmage Recap - Offense

The offense was far from spectacular but the one highlight of the evening was that they did not turn the ball over. Brock Berlin led the way at quarterback and Tyrone Moss had a solid night running the ball against a stingy defense. Darnell Jenkins busted a short pass for a long touchdown as well. We have all the stats on offense.

Quarterbacks

The quarterbacks didn't exactly light the field on fire. As a unit the quarterbacks went 13-33 for 205 yards a touchdown with zero interceptions. The lone touchdown was a 20-yard pass to Jenkins where he blew by the defense for an additional 50 yards.

SR Brock Berlin….4-10….96 yards…1 TD
SR Derrick Crudup…7-13…64 yards
FR Kyle Wright…1-7…25 yards
FR Kirby Freeman…1-3…10 yards

Most Impressive – Berlin. He was average and that was better than his peers. Berlin did not have a turnover, something he is concentrating on heavily this spring, but did get sacked numerous times. Berlin had the throw of the night during seven-on-sevens as he found a seam over the top of Antrel Rolle and underneath Greg Threat on a 35-yard sideline pass to Darnell Jenkins.

Running Backs

The ground game didn't have many explosive runs although they did manage steady positive yardage runs. Getting positive yardage especially on first down is a focal point this year. There were few negative yardage plays and the ones that went for negative were minimal losses.

SO Tyrone Moss…10 carries…44 yards…4.4 avg….2 catches…21 yards
JR Quadtrine Hill…10 carries…24 yards…2.4 avg…1 catch…17 yards
SR Talib Humphrey…4 carries…24 yards…6.0 avg…1 TD…1 catch…8 yards
SR Kyle Cobia…2 carries…5 yards…2.5 avg …1 catch…5 yards

Most Impressive – Humphrey. The fullback made things happen when he went in there and showed good speed up the middle. His touchdown run was during red-zone offense as he split right up the middle of the defense. Moss had two real nice runs showing good patience, but his night was offset by two fumbles.

Wide Receivers

This was an area of disappointment according to coach Coker. Only four catches by the receiving corps is unacceptable. For the Hurricanes to have a successful season in 2004 these guys must step up. It is that simple. Granted the team's top two receivers, Ryan Moore and Roscoe Parrish, did not play due to injuries. However, the rest of the receivers need to step up and get separation downfield.

SO Darnell Jenkins…1 catch…72 yards….1 TD
SO Akieem Jolla….2 catches…15 yards
SO Devin Hester….1 catch…8 yards
JR Sinorice Moss…0 catches

Most Impressive – Jenkins. The former Miami Central standout is poised for a breakout season in 2004. He has improved his strength, speed, and size in the off-season and is a tough football player. Give him the ball and he will make something happen. During seven-on-sevens prior to the scrimmage Jenkins had a great catch on the sideline beating Antrel Rolle for a 35-yard gain.

Tight Ends

These three guys were the most impressive offensive unit. All three made nice catches in traffic showing off their athleticism. During seven-on-sevens both Kevin Everett and Buck Ortega had two catches each. It was encouraging to see the unit come together after the injury to Brandon Sebald.

JR Buck Ortega…1 catch…25 yards
FR Greg Olsen…2 catches…17 yards
SR Kevin Everett…1 catch….7 yards

Most Impressive – Everett. All three had good performances, but what stood out about Everett was his separation off of the line and avoiding dropped passes, something that has haunted him this spring. He showed good speed on out routes and even though he was covered, he made the tough catch. Ortega had a great night as well and will be a factor this fall.

Offensive Line

Where to begin? The first unit has been solid throughout the first two weeks of spring practices, but in the scrimmage they struggled. Berlin was sacked once in each of the first four series with the first unit on the field. All four starting defensive lineman recorded a sack so it wasn't just one position failing to get the job done. As a whole the offensive line gave up 10 sacks in 72 offensive plays.

The line did do an adequate job during running plays showing good patience on their blocks and staying with their appropriate assignments.

Most Impressive – Alex Pou. There were not a lot of guys with great nights, but Pou managed to do a good job of preventing his man from making a lot of plays. He still has an upward climb to unseat Tony Tella at the left guard spot.

Next Practice: Monday, April 5, 3:30 PM, Greentree Practice Fields.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Columnist for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@grassy.com.

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