Butterflies-in-the-stomach nervous. And for good reason.
Beauharnais made the move from strong-side to middle linebacker in the offseason, and the scrimmage was his first opportunity to play in game-like conditions in his new position.
After reviewing the game film and meeting with the coaching staff, Beauharnais is comfortable, albeit not satisfied, with the gains he has made.
"Did I feel nervous at first? Yeah, I did. It was my first time playing a new position,'' he said. "I want to make sure I'm managing the defense, make sure I'm the leader out there. Make sure I'm in charge, not feeling nervous. That was my main concern, making sure I could handle the job.''
He was able to put the defense in the right position to dominate the scrimmage, but there is room for improvement with some of the more subtle aspects of the transition.
"I guess recognizing where I have to line up and where I have to be, and being precise,'' Beauharnais said. "I feel like I'm doing everything ok, what the coaches expectations are, but I really need to be precise. That's what the coaches ask me to do. I just have to be more precise in the steps I take. Just minor things.''
Harrison finding his Mark
One of the young receivers being counted in the fall is sophomore Mark Harrison, who made five catches for 83 yards while battling several injuries last season.
"I'm feeling comfortable out there, and finally starting to pick things up in the spring practices out there,'' Harrison said. "I'm getting more comfortable, and I'm picking up my route running, technique, and being more conditioned to go five (straight) plays and plus.''
Offensive tackle Devon Watkis, who has spent part of spring practice with the first unit, came out of the scrimmage with a sprained ankle. It is undetermined if he will return to practice this spring, Schiano said. …Schiano lauded red-shirt freshman Paul Carrezola not only for his long snapping in the scrimmage, but also his play from the tight end position.