Aggie Websider Scrimmage Report - 8/24

The Texas Aggie football team scrimmaged for the final time on Kyle Field during this year's fall camp. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop provides the latest on the team's progress as they prepare to face the SMU Mustangs

The team scrimmaged on Kyle Field for approximately two hours. It was the best the offense has looked in almost a week. All three QB's looked to be in sync and having good days. While veterans like Uzoma Nwachukwu had several nice intermediate catches, the recipients of the productive day by the QB's were slot receivers Malcolme Kennedy and freshman Chance Nelson.

Kennedy has quietly had a very good fall camp, probably the most productive of any receiver on the roster. He never missed a session and whether he was running with the first or second teams, he was catching balls and making plays. He probably made the biggest improvement and the biggest move up the depth chart of any receiver. With Kenric McNeal dinged up and missing for the last half of fall camp, it will be interesting to see how the rotation shapes up over the next 10 days as McNeal gets healthy.

Chance Nelson has had a similar fall camp to Kennedy's. He's not flashy and he's not somebody that will likely push veterans like Swope, but every time you watch the second or third team offense throw the ball, there's a good chance that Nelson is on the receiving end. He caught 6-7 passes in today's scrimmage including a touchdown over the middle. He's sure-handed and has good speed, He needs to fill out a little in the offseason, but once again Coach Sherman did a good job evaluating this kid who had few BCS conference offers. He'll be a productive receiver for the Aggies in two years. Mark it down.

Outside receiver Mike Evans caught a couple of short TD passes and actually got behind senior Lionel Smith on a fly route even though Jameil Showers threw long just past the outstretched arms of the Galveston native. Still, his ability to separate from Smith was impressive.

There were several goal line attempts by design, and the offensive line did a good job knocking the defensive line off the ball and allowing Cyrus Gray, Christine Michael, and Ben Malena to score in these sets. On the last rep from the 2-yard line, Ryan Tannehill executed an effective play fake and quickly hit Hutson Prioleau for the touchdown.

Cyrus Gray continues to turn in a torrid performance these last 2-3 days, hitting the hole hard and showing plenty of wiggle. He bounced out one run and accelerated past Dustin Harris down the sideline for an 80 yard TD run.

The linebackers are still constantly rotating and it's impossible to figure out who (if any) is gaining favor with the staff. Sean Porter is about the only known commodity at the position. Caleb Russell continues to miss practice time and that will jeopardize his spot on the first team.

Randy Bullock continues to look sharp and primed for a big 2011 season, Not only is he accurate, but he's getting excellent lift and distance on his kicks. He nailed all of his attempts. Taylor Bertolet also had a solid scrimmage, but unless Bullock is injured, expect to see the freshman redshirt.

The punting was off and on. In the first punt session, all four punters didn't get off an attempt longer than 35 yards. Ironically, when the punt team practiced punting from the back of the end zone and less than the usual 15 yard drop, both Ryan Epperson and freshman Drew Kaser hit consecutive 45-50 yard lasers. The consistency isn't where you want it, but I'd have to say Ryan Epperson has hit more quality punts than the others. Kaser is just getting healthy, so he could come on strong and win the job over the next week if he can show the consistency that Epperson and Ken Wood have lacked over the past two seasons.

Overall, it was a good day for the offense. Given the offensive struggles of the past few days, the productivity in the camp's last full scrimmage was refreshing.

Kennedy has quietly had a very good fall camp, probably the most productive of any receiver on the roster. He never missed a session and whether he was running with the first or second teams, he was catching balls and making plays. He probably made the biggest improvement and the biggest move up the depth chart of any receiver. With Kenric McNeal dinged up and missing for the last half of fall camp, it will be interesting to see how the rotation shapes up over the next 10 days as McNeal gets healthy.

Chance Nelson has had a similar fall camp to Kennedy's. He's not flashy and he's not somebody that will likely push veterans like Swope, but every time you watch the second or third team offense throw the ball, there's a good chance that Nelson is on the receiving end. He caught 6-7 passes in today's scrimmage including a touchdown over the middle. He's sure-handed and has good speed, He needs to fill out a little in the offseason, but once again Coach Sherman did a good job evaluating this kid who had few BCS conference offers. He'll be a productive receiver for the Aggies in two years. Mark it down.

Outside receiver Mike Evans caught a couple of short TD passes and actually got behind senior Lionel Smith on a fly route even though Jameil Showers threw long just past the outstretched arms of the Galveston native. Still, his ability to separate from Smith was impressive.

There were several goal line attempts by design, and the offensive line did a good job knocking the defensive line off the ball and allowing Cyrus Gray, Christine Michael, and Ben Malena to score in these sets. On the last rep from the 2-yard line, Ryan Tannehill executed an effective play fake and quickly hit Hutson Prioleau for the touchdown.

Cyrus Gray continues to turn in a torrid performance these last 2-3 days, hitting the hole hard and showing plenty of wiggle. He bounced out one run and accelerated past Dustin Harris down the sideline for an 80 yard TD run.

The linebackers are still constantly rotating and it's impossible to figure out who (if any) is gaining favor with the staff. Sean Porter is about the only known commodity at the position. Caleb Russell continues to miss practice time and that will jeopardize his spot on the first team.

Randy Bullock continues to look sharp and primed for a big 2011 season, Not only is he accurate, but he's getting excellent lift and distance on his kicks. He nailed all of his attempts. Taylor Bertolet also had a solid scrimmage, but unless Bullock is injured, expect to see the freshman redshirt.

The punting was off and on. In the first punt session, all four punters didn't get off an attempt longer than 35 yards. Ironically, when the punt team practiced punting from the back of the end zone and less than the usual 15 yard drop, both Ryan Epperson and freshman Drew Kaser hit consecutive 45-50 yard lasers. The consistency isn't where you want it, but I'd have to say Ryan Epperson has hit more quality punts than the others. Kaser is just getting healthy, so he could come on strong and win the job over the next week if he can show the consistency that Epperson and Ken Wood have lacked over the past two seasons.

Overall, it was a good day for the offense. Given the offensive struggles of the past few days, the productivity in the camp's last full scrimmage was refreshing.


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