The scrimmage, which was officiated, was treated in many was as "game situation." The coaches were "plugged in" and working through their play-calling between the booth and sideline as well.
The offense had a pretty good day in the session with both the running and passing game. The squad put in full drives and also worked a variety of situations like red-zone, goal-line and "one-minute drill."
A significant portion of the session included the first-team offense against the first-team defense.
The offense looked particularly solid in the "one-minute" work they conducted with long drive for a touchdown and another for a field goal. as for individual player performances, here's some notes:
- Matt McGloin had some issues with his release on some balls, but "on the whole looked comfortable under center." He looked "smooth" on his drop-backs and roll-outs and hit a variety of receivers. Paul Jones also has continued to show improvement, particularly on his progression, but has also "unnecessarily forced some balls."
- The receivers and tight ends continued to see a good amount of work with Kyle Carter, Jesse James (who grabbed a nice ~20-yard TD), Alex Kenney and Matt Zanellato standing out with key receptions. Freshman Geno Lewis also continues to impress with his consistency and ability to make difficult catches.
- Bill Belton had a good day in the back field with a few big 20+-yard runs. "He's been very fluid with his running" and is said "to be dangerous in open space." Akeel Lynch also had a good outing "he's using his blockers more" although he still needs to be more patient "for lanes to open up." Lynch has been impressive when he is able to get outside of the coverage.
- The defensive front made it challenging for the offensive line. Although there are high hopes for the OL interior based on their play. The tackle play on the OL "was up and down." The linebackers in particular were "outstanding at times." Mauti and Hodges both "really controlled the flats."
On the whole, the staff was said to be pleased with the session and feel that the overall condition of the team is "where it should be." They have been focused on how to get younger guys increased reps to help identify who can make a legitimate impact on the depth chart and really start contributing.
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