Spring Football Update (4/6/04)

Another week has gone by and it's time for another spring football update. Due to the rain the Broncos spent the afternoon inside the Seelye Center in the lead up to a final scrimmage Thursday April 8 at 3pm at Waldo Stadium.

The quarterback race continues to be as tight as ever. Ryan Cubit and Blayne Baggett continue to split time between the first and second teams, both showing at times why they might be the right choice out there. Meanwhile Robbie Haas and Alex Engram continue to split duties with the third team.

Baggett was able to set-up in the pocket for most of his throws due to the solid protection of the offensive line and Cubit had the same luxury most of the day, however, he did break free for a long scramble on a broken play for a 10-yard gain. For what it's worth, both quarterbacks Baggett and Cubit got a chance to show their abilities as a holder on point after attempts and field goals too.

In a 45-minute scrimmage with refs to end practice both Cubit and Baggett had long passes for touchdowns. They hit receivers like Greg Jennings, Justin LeMay, Tyrone Walker and tight ends Tyson Devree and Tony Scheffler to get into the end zone.

The receiving corps may be one of the deepest positions on this team right now. Eugene Childs, Osborn Curtis, Joe Chapple, Mike Slater and true freshman Fernand Kashama have all showcased their skills this spring, and all of whom may see significant playing time subbing in for probable starters Jennings, Walker, and Brian Jackson.

The receivers weren't the only ones catching the ball though. Redshirt freshman DeRae Allen caught an interception from the cornerback spot, as did Jon Hall at strong safety.

On special teams Robert Menchinger nailed a 45-yard field goal right down the middle of the uprights. Adam Anderson continued his great punting with a punt so high it hit the roof of the Seelye Center earlier in practice. Also redshirt freshman Mike Jones had the duty of kicking point after attempts during the scrimmage; he was successful on every attempt. On punt returns was second team weak safety Derek Szafranski and running back Lawrence Cannon.

The running back situation seems to be fairly set with Trovon Riley playing all downs with the first team and Daniel Marks playing all downs with the second team. One surprise was that Nick Saad was nowhere to be seen at practice while Tommy Duffy ran with the third team, and made a strong case for future playing time.

The Broncos will end spring drills with a scrimmage this Thursday at Waldo Stadium (weather permitting) at 3pm.

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