Spring Game Recap - Offense

The offense showed improvements through the spring which culminated with some big plays on Saturday. Under new Offensive Coordinator Dan Werner the offense stretched the defense at times and made some big plays. We have the stats by position here.

Quarterbacks

The quarterbacks had an exceptional day today. As a unit they went 23-44 for 321 yards one touchdown and one interception. The lone touchdown was a 59-yard pass from Brock Berlin to Darnell Jenkins down the sideline. The quarterbacks did a great job of stretching the defense and hitting the tight ends on routes over the middle. As of this point there is not a number two quarterback between Derrick Crudup and Kyle Wright.

SR Brock Berlin….10-16….185 yards…1 TD
SR Derrick Crudup…7-12…69 yards…1 INT
FR Kyle Wright…6-13…67 yards
FR Kirby Freeman…0-3

Most Impressive – Berlin. He was very solid and did a good job of mixing up short and long passes. When given ample time Berlin was able to find the open receiver. His timing was perfect on the deep pass to Jenkins down the sideline. It was a pass that the team has tried only a few times this spring, but had not been completed until the Spring Game.

Running Backs

The running backs rushed for 117 yards on 23 carries, an average of 5.1 yards per carry. The fullbacks did a good job of blocking and ran good routes to the sidelines. Tyrone Moss led the backs in rushing and Quadtrine Hill led them in receiving.

SO Tyrone Moss…13 carries…95 yards…7.3 avg….1 catch…-3 yards
JR Quadtrine Hill…7 carries…20 yards…2.9 avg…1 TD…2 catches…17 yards
SR Kyle Cobia…3 carries…2 yards…1 catch…9 yards
SR Talib Humphrey…2 catches…11 yards

Most Impressive – Moss. Showed excellent vision and the ability to bounce out to the sidelines on a 43 yard run. He stayed away from negative runs and always managed to fall forward, a common trait amongst great running backs. Also showed improvement with pass protection.

Wide Receivers

The unit can't be happy with their production in the spring game with only three catches. However, they did do a better job with separation downfield especially Devin Hester. Hester was thrown at five or six times downfield after beating his man off of the line but the quarterback overthrew the pass each time.

SO Darnell Jenkins…1 catch…59 yards….1 TD
SO Akieem Jolla….2 catches…35 yards
SO Devin Hester….0 catches
JR Sinorice Moss…0 catches

Most Impressive – Jenkins. Offensive coordinator Dan Werner praised Jenkins's performance after the game stating that Jenkins has the potential to be a go-to player in 2004. Expect Jenkins to have a breakout season in 2004.

Tight Ends

Once again this unit had a great performance in a spring scrimmage. New tight ends coach Mario Cristobal has all three tight ends contributing and making plays. Of the 23 completions in the spring game, the tight ends recorded 14 of them. Buck Ortega and Kevin Everett led the team with six catches each.

JR Buck Ortega…6 catches…89 yards
SR Kevin Everett…6 catches….54 yards
FR Greg Olsen…2 catches…50 yards

Most Impressive – Ortega. He led the team in receptions with six and receiving yards with 89. He has great footwork and balance when making a catch. Very rarely does Ortega put himself out of position to make a catch. His longest catch of the day went for 41 yards.

Offensive Line

This unit still needs work, but you can see improvement. The guys are holding their blocks longer and prevented sacks, something they struggled with in the in the Lockhart scrimmage.

The running backs averaged over five yards per carry, but they allowed five sacks on the day.

Most Impressive – Chris Myers. He held down Orien Harris for the majority of the game only allowing him to get in on one tackle. Myers did a good job of pulling and is ready for his final season as a Hurricane.

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

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