Lydell Ross was a late scratch with a tweaked hamstring.
Most of Mo Hall's runs came up the middle. He was not given many opportunities to run outside the tackles.
Parker looked awesome out there. He is without question the No. 4 tailback. The 5-foot-11, 219-pound junior broke several tackles and showed decent speed.
Maurice Clarett was dressed in full-pads even though he was told earlier in the week he would not play.
Krenzel looked sharp. He is stepping into his throws more than ever and appears to have added some arm strength. He did not throw many deep balls, but looked good on the comeback routes.
Smith clearly outperformed Zwick. He looked good on his only two scrambles (all the QBs were live except Krenzel) and showcased his strong arm… Zwick's interception came on a horrible decision. He rolled right, threw across his body over the middle of the field and overthrew Hamby by about five yards. Jason Bond came up with the pick.
The other interceptions were hauled in by Redgie Arden and EJ Underwood. Arden picked off Smith after Tim Schafer hit Smith from the blindside just as he was throwing… Underwood's pick came against McMullen. The sophomore corner made a great play on fade route, completely laying out for the ball.
Holmes stole the show. His TDs covered 62 and 98 yards. The 62-yarder came from Smith on a crossing route. Holmes was hit in stride at about the 35 and took it to the house untouched… The 98-yarder came from sixth-stringer Matt Trombitas on his only pass of the day.
Offensive points were awarded for making a first down (1 point), plays over 15 yards (2), plays over 30 yards (3), field goals (3), touchdowns (6) and extra points (1)… Points were allowed to be stacked. For example: If you threw a 15-yard touchdown pass, you would get six points for the score, two points for the distance and one point for a first down.
Defensive points were awarded for turnovers (5 points), sacks (3), forcing a punt (3) and tackles-for-loss (1). Defensive points would have also been awarded for touchdowns and safeties, but there weren't any.
There were no kickoffs. The Offense began its possessions at: its own 38 (first five possessions of the game; its own 48 (the next five); the defense's 28 (the next four); its own 3 (the next six) and its own 8 (the final three).
The starting linebackers lined up like this: AJ Hawk (Will), Mike D'Andrea (Mike), Bobby Carpenter (Sam)… With Fred Pagac out, D'Andrea got most of the reps with the first team and played pretty well. He had a couple nice tackles and a fumble recovery... Hawk played some Mike, but not much. He also played some Sam… Carpenter played some Will, but no Mike.
The first-team defense often lined up with just two 'backers. Usually it was Hawk and Carpenter. Safety Nate Salley was the extra defender on these downs.
Anthony Schlegel ran with the second-team defense and played very well from his Mike linebacker spot. He would be the starter this year if he were eligible… Bond also stood out among the second-stringers.
The O-Line was opening up some pretty good holes. Doug Datish and RJ Coleman were the two guys that stood out on the second team.
Chris Gamble only played corner; he got zero reps with the offense.
Ashton Youboty will not be ready to contribute this year. He is definitely a redshirt candidate.
Donte Whitner struggled a bit, but not as much as Youboty. The biggest hit of the day came when Parker ran over Whitner, much to the delight of the offense.
Mike Nugent made a 21-yard field goal, but was wide right on an attempt from 45-yards.
There were no punts. If the defense forced a punting situation, it was rewarded with points and the ball was handed back to the offense.
McMullen kind of ran over Tyler Everett on a scramble if you can believe that. Not exactly the hard-hitter we want back there at strong safety.
Salley glides to the ball and if he can put on some weight, he will be in the starting lineup. Mark Dantonio's goal is to have interchangeable safeties, not free and strong.
Josh Huston missed an extra point, wide right.
Hartsock and Hamby both made some tough catches over the middle while being hit.
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