Scrimmage Report: Defense & Special Teams

Practice and scrimmage tonight started with special teams getting in some good reps. Many of those in attendance were in awe of the booming punts that Adam Anderson put in the air. Seeing a few of his punts reach new heights got me to thinking about him kicking in the Seelye Indoor Practice Facility. Adam could probably hit the ceiling with no problem, but that remains to be seen.

Adam was kicking punts from the opposite 40-yard line that was being caught near the goal line, give or take 5 yards.

Matt Steffan was consistently kicking 40-yard punts and getting a lot of hang time on his punts.

Last season the Broncos place kicking game struggled through much of the season. This year, that same kicking game will be much improved. The Broncos have 3 capable kickers in redshirt sophomore Robert Menchinger, freshman Isac Bush, and redshirt junior Anthony Apa. Menchinger was the starter last season and he is receiving stiff competition this year from Bush and Apa. Bush was able to get the longest distance on his kicks consistently. Menchinger did have the longest kick that was a line drive that went 5 yards deep into the endzone. Apa has a strong leg, but at this point, Menchinger and Bush would appear to have the edge.

In front of a decent crowd for a Broncos scrimmage, the Broncos defense turned Tuesday nights scrimmage into a defensive statement. The defense was looking good and is almost ready for the season to start. A few adjustments in the secondary may be needed, but all in all, this was definitely a night for the defense.

The Broncos defense was led by redshirt freshmen Paul Moersch. Paul recorded 2 solid tackles and 2 sacks. After all was said and done the defense recorded 10 sacks. When asked if he feels ready to step in and do the job, Paul said, "I am still learning the system. I feel good that I can get in there and compete. I am still making young mistakes and stuff like that, but I feel I can get in there and compete with the big teams we are going to be playing."

Sam Reynolds was all over the field. Sam had a pass interference call sandwiched in between a solid solo tackle and a perfect pass deflection.

Redshirt sophomore Mark Hardy provided all the scoring of the evening with a tackle in the endzone, creating a safety for the defense. Others that had a good scrimmage include, junior Christian Hodges, redshirt sophomore Scott Robinson recorded a good first hit and a sack. Jason Malloy contributed a tackle and a sack while Ernest Osborne contributed 2 sacks.

The leadership is there, and the defense is looking ready to hit a different colored jersey. "We have a couple of leaders out there and a bunch of guys that are playing hard and flying around out there," said Moersch, "We've got a few weeks to improve and we will be just fine."

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