The coaches decided not to have a full scrimamge in lieu of running scrimmage assignment drills, which essentially are offense on defense drills run in 7-on-7 scrimmage fashion. The players were in pads and ran the plays at full speed with contact.
The amount of scrimmage drills the team ran was "nothing extensive" in amount, according to a source, and was used to "get the intensity up a bit and get the guys working more at full speed with contact." The first and second teams ran against each other with a variety of players splitting reps between the two units.
These drills saw some big playmakers at times. Among the bigger plays in the scrimmage drills were:
Tight end Kevin Darling broke into the flat on a post pattern and made an "impressive" 30-yard catch in traffic.
Safety Darien Hardy made a "beautiful" interception "on a great read." Hardy has seen his reps with the second and third teams primarily, but made the most of his limited first-team reps with this interception.
Jordan Norwood "just missed a sure touchdown" from Anthony Morelli, which was the same out route he caught in the fourth quarter of the Orange Bowl that set up a field-goal chance against FSU.
Knowledge Timmons has stepped into the starting corner spot for Tony Davis (see the Davis injury note below) and had a "nice" interception where "he just went up and pulled it away." Observers say Timmons "is making the most of the first-team opportunity so far."
Morelli is comfortable and "throws with ease." He "takes command of the offense" and "is much more talkative on the field." He still has situations were he wants to rifle the ball in, but he "shows greater patience and runs through his progression more consistently."
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