Head coach Mike Gundy and his staff should feel really good about it because the Saturday practice appeared to be one of the best of the preseason. The just over two hour practice featured an extended team period that saw success for both the first and second team offense and the first and second team defense.
That combination is hard to do, and it has still remained hard for the offense to simply drive the field on such a fast defense that today saw good plays made by defensive ends Emmanuel Ogbah, Jimmy Bean, Trace Clark, and Cole Walterscheid. while Inside tackles Vincent Taylor, Ben Hughes, and freshman Darrion Daniels held their own.
Linebackers Ryan Simmons, Devante Averette, Jordan Burton, and Kirk Tucker had stops or breakups. The secondary was in constant battle with the receiver corps and the Cowboys backs as the offense stretched the field some.
Quarterbacks Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh both threw the ball well. Running backs Chris Carson, Rennie Childs, and freshman Jeff Carr were very active. In the passing game, James Washington, Brandon Sheperd, Chris Lacy, freshman Jalen McClesky, Jeremy Seaton, and Blake Jarwin all made plays that got your attention.
There was work on the kicking game, especially kickoffs and returns. There was also lots of time where the offense and defense worked against scout teams, mimicking what the staff expects Central Michigan will do on Sept.
Most of ll it was an energetic practice with lots of enthusiasm throughout the squad ranging from the players on the field and those on the sidelines.