Spring Football: Scrimmage Analysis

Friday's scrimmage was really much easier to evaluate and analyze because, with the exception of the final eight plays of third down-and-three situations, it was lay it and play it. No scripts were used and the offense and defense substituted by situation, playing more people. Offensive coordinator Larry Fedora called his plays just as he would in a game and defensive coordinator Vance Bedford did the same. It was exactly like a game, minus special teams and always starting from the same spot.

The best way to look at it again is to just go through the drive chart. On the drives chart we'll look at whether it was ones or twos, who was the quarterback, the starting point, the plays, total yards, how the drive ended, and a quick summary of the drive. We'll use the plus and minus signs to show where the ball was on the field. Minus is offensive end of the field, plus obviously means the defensive end of the field.

Drive #1
Ones
Bobby Reid
-25
3 plays
7 yards
4th down
Summary: Reid hit D'Juan Woods on an out for seven yards on the first play for a good start, but an overthrow to Woods and a fumble on third down as Reid and Mike Hamilton had problems with the mesh on the zone read killed the drive. Offense more responsible for the drive being short.

Drive #2
Ones
Bobby Reid
-25
5 plays
65 yards
Inteception by Nathan Peterson
Summary: After a delay of game penalty, which was one of the few penalties with no officials being present, Reid hit tight end Brandon Pettigrew over the middle on a very good pitch and catch for 40 yards. Pettigrew had good acceleration on the play. Reid came back and found tight end Paschal Smith wide open in the left flat for 20 yards. Hamilton's 10-yard run was very nice and a good job by the offensive line. The sack by Marque Fountain was legit as he got back there quickly. Finally, the drive killer was a nice read by defensive end Nathan Peterson. It helps seeing the plays from the offense over and over, but still a very nice read. Reid could have seen Peterson out there, but he timed jumping the route very well. Nice drive on offense, poor finish. Very good play by Peterson.

Drive #3
Twos
Zac Robinson
-25
1 play
-13 yards
Fumble
Summary: Not much to say other than the offense has struggled with executing the reverse since bringing it in over a week ago. Simply poor execution on the reverse.

Drive #4
Twos
Zac Robinson
-25
3 plays
4 yards
4th down
Summary: Nice start with Calvin Roberts getting six yards on first down, but a fumbled snap between backup center Andrew Lewis and Robinson made for a more difficult third-and-six that Robinson threw incomplete. The snap problem has been prevalent all spring with Lewis and all quarterbacks. The good thing is that is correctible with practice.

Drive #5
Ones
Zac Robinson
-25
3 plays
75 yards
Touchdown run by Robinson
Summary: Third-and-long and a great play call and great execution. Robinson really sold the fake on the first team nickel defense, and then because of the fake had all kinds of space to just make a dash for the end zone. The zone read is a strong play for the athletic Robinson, and he really handles the ball well.

Drive #6
Ones
Bobby Reid
-25
6 plays
46 yards
4th down
Summary: Reid was crisp on the series, starting with an 11-yard pass to Bowman and then the 24-yarder to Pettigrew. The running game struggled as Ryan McBean and Larry Brown were beating blockers. A holding penalty on a Crosslin drop backed it up, and even with another 11-yard completion to Bowman the offense couldn't move the chains into defensive territory. Give the defense credit as it stuffed the run and the offense felt the need to hold in the interior.

Drive #7
Twos
Al Pena
-25
5 plays
30 yards
4th down
Summary: Douglass High School walk-on DeAaron Martin has some speed and he ripped off two runs of 16 and 10 yards to start the series. The second-team offensive line opened a real nice hole on the left side (tackle Brady Bond and guard Noah Franklin). Linebacker Marcus Brown stopped the momentum getting Martin for a two-yard loss. Pena then threw incomplete and then short on third down to Justin Waller.

Drive #8
Twos
Alex Cate
-25
3 plays
8 yards
4th down
Summary: The big play was the sack by safety Andre Sexton for a loss of five yards.

Drive #9
Ones
Alex Cate
-25
3 plays
5 yards
4th down
Summary: Cate overthrew an open Bowman on first down. Credit linebacker Jeremy Nethon and defensive tackle Xavier Lawson-Kennedy with a very good play to get penetration at the line of scrimmage and drop Hamilton on the zone read for a two-yard loss. Blocking did not hold up.

Drive #10
Ones
Bobby Reid
-30
3 plays
-18 yards
4th down
Summary: Alex Odiari sacked Reid for a 7-yard loss and then on third down Ryan McBean got a big sack and loss of 11 yards. Defense turned it up.

Drive #11
Ones
Bobby Reid
-30
3 plays
3 yards
4th down
Summary: Crosslin had a nice eight-yard run on second down, but that was sandwiched between Reid losing two yards on a designed running play and then linebacker Rodrick Johnson got Reid for a two-yard loss. The sack was a coverage sack as Reid was moving up in the pocket to buy time he eventually never had.

Drive #12
Twos
Zac Robinson
-30
1 play
0 yards
Interception by Donovan Woods
Summary: Pretty simple as Robinson threw a little behind Bowman, who tipped it to an a hustling Donovan Woods. Woods has great instincts and a quarterback mentaility that helps from center field.

Drive #13
Twos
Zac Robinson
-30
3 plays
70 yards
Touchdown
Summary: Robinson hits Martin out of the backfield and he can really fly, but is a tad small. The reverse may be a struggle, but off reverse action as a fake, Calvin Roberts broke through a huge hole on the right side (guard Jacob Secrest and tackle Marshall Tetsworth) for a 49-yard touchdown run just the way you draw it up.

Drive #14
Ones
Bobby Reid
-35
5 plays
65 yards
Touchdown pass to Brandon Pettigrew
Summary: This was Reid's best drive, and maybe the best of the game by the offense. A nice chunk play on first down as Bowman took a short pass and went 54 yards with it. After an errant pitch that Hamilton should have handled lost six yards, Hamilton ran for seven yards and Reid hit Bowman over the middle near the goal line and then another nice call that surprised the defense as Reid hit Pettigrew in the back of the end zone for a three-yard score. Other than the bad pitch play it was a really solid drive for the offense.

Drive #15
Ones
Zac Robinson
-35
10 plays
37 yards
Blocked FG
Summary: An up and down drive for both sides as Robinson hit Woods on an out and he turned it up for 30 yards to convert on third and long. Woods just beat the coverage and safety Calvin Mickens had to save the day. Defensive tackle Ryan McBean took over to stop the drive as he sacked Robinson for a five-yard loss then stopped Robinson on a run for a two-yard loss and then again for just a two-yard gain. Guess who blocked the 44-yard field goal attempt by Ricks? You guessed it, Ryan McBean. Four straight major plays by a defensive tackle.

Drive #16
Twos
Al Pena
-35
1 play
0 yards
Fumble
Summary: Pena fumbled the ball. He's been known to do that and T.J. Minor made an alert recovery.

Drive #17
Twos
Al Pena
-35
3 plays
21 yards
4th down
Summary: The highlight was the first play of the drive as Pena hit Jeremy Broadway in the flat and he used his speed for a 12-yard gain.

Drive #18
Twos
Alex Cate
-35
3 plays
-2 yards
4th down
Summary: Defense dominated on three straight running plays, with five different young players making plays including safety Andre Sexton, linebacker Marcus Brown, Odiari, Minor and walk-on linebacker Durfey Thompson. Thompson, an Edmond Santa Fe product, can really play and could help out on special teams and linebacker depth. He's short at 5-10 but weighs 230.

Drive #19
Ones
Bobby Reid
-35
10 plays
65 yards
Touchdown on a quarterback sneak by Reid
Summary: Definitely the best drive by the offense with five first down plays - four by passing and one run. Pettigrew caught two passes in the drive and Smith one as the tight ends had their best overall day of the spring. Roberts' 12-yard run was a combination of good blocking and alert running. A 14-yard pass to Pettigrew put the offense at the one. After Hamilton got it down to within inches of the goal line, Reid snuck it in behind big center David Washington. A very solid drive by the offense that ate up yards, clock, and had a strong finish.

Drive #20
Twos
Zac Robinson
-35
7 plays
50 yards
4th down
Summary: This had all the makings of a really good drive as it included mostly third teamers instead of twos. Chris Offor gained 30 yards on the drive, but a two-yard loss by Robinson was the difference on a third down completion for nine yards to fourth tight end Tremayne Standberry.

Drive #21
Ones
Bobby Reid
+25
6 plays
9 yards
Field Goal by Jason Ricks
Summary: This shows the Cowboys offense needs more red zone work. Reid hit Woods for 11 yards between two runs by Martin. Then the offense self destructed. Tackle David Koenig was guilty of the only illegal procedure of the day, Reid was sacked by Marcus Brown for a six-yard loss. He then let a pass slip out of his hands. Ricks salvaged the drive with a 35-yard field goal.

Drive #22
Twos
Al Pena
+25
3 plays
25 yards
Touchdown on Pena's QB sneak
Summary: Twos did the red zone much better. Martin started with a 14-yard run and then Pena hit Broadway for nine yards. Pena finished with a hard earned sneak.

Drive #23
Ones
Zac Robinson
+25
3 plays
-1 yard
Field Goal
Summary: Defense played well and defensive end Victor DeGrate shot out on third down for an eight-yard sack that Robinson had little chance on.

3rd and 3 Situation
Ones
Bobby Reid
8 plays
Summary: Defense stopped first six plays before head coach Mike Gundy challenged the offense, and it converted last two with a Reid pass to Pettigrew and a 25-yard run by Martin. I did watch the offensive line and really liked what rookie right guard Andrew Lawrence did here. He had some monster blocks. Defensive front seven was really strong on the first six plays.

Overall Positives and Negatives
Offense
* Reid and Robinson are both getting better. There were mistakes, but they are the correctible kind.

* The tight ends came up big and you would like to picture that happening a lot next season.

* Offensive line is up and down, but overall getting better.

* Adarius Bowman makes a huge difference with his play-making ability.

* DeAaron Martin may be a legit fourth-team running back.

* Running game and offensive line need to be more consistent.

* Reid and Robinson need to speed up decisions in the passing game and make the right ones. Too many sacks.

* Turnovers were better, but still need to improve.

Defense
* Defensive line showed it is talented and deep. As a group could be best in many seasons.

* Nice job of causing turnovers.

* Chris Collins, Marcus Brown and Alex Odiari showed signs of improving.

* Calvin Mickens, Andre Sexton and Jacob Lacey are all improving.

* Corners need to improve, but let's be honest - they were mainly beaten by D'Juan Woods and Adarius Bowman.

* They gave up too many chunk plays.

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