Saturday, March 27, 2010

CMU Spring Practice Notes: Saturday

Here are some notes from Saturday's spring practice for CMU:

First to answer some questions:
- Adam Fenton looks good at defensive end. He has been getting reps with the second team. His coaches ride him a lot but I think it is because they know he can take it and they see a lot of potential in him. He is a very strong kid.
- The defensive end position has a lot of youth and inexperience. Right now, with Kashawn Fraser not being involved in contact drills, the first team ends have been Caesar Rodriguez and Joe Kinville. The second team has been Fenton and Will Schwarz while Darryll Stinson and Jarrett Fleming are also getting reps at DE. Fleming needs to add some weight, but he shows some promise and could be a nice speed rusher.
- At DT, Sean Murnane and Daniel Jackson are getting first team reps with John Williams out because of injury. Matt Maletzke and a guy not listed on the roster, Nate Williams, have gotten reps at second team along with Aaron McCord.
- At linebacker, along with Shamari Benton, Alex Smith and Mike Petrucci are getting second team reps.
- During pass skeleton, Dannie Bolden made a nice interception on a throw by A.J. Westendorp that was behind tight end David Blackburn. Bobby Seay also had a nice interception on a throw by Derek Rifenbury that was under thrown.
- CMU did a lot of third and short situational snaps and Tim Phillips looked good, picking up some solid runs. Paris Cotton also had some nice runs, including about a 25-yard touchdown run. The defense made some nice stuffs as well and were game on most plays.
- CMU then did some full scrimmage drives starting at the CMU 30-yard line. Nick Bellore laid a vicious hit on Tyler Reed as he was coming over the middle for a short pass. It got a big rise out of the entire defense.
- The highlight of the scrimmage was a 42-yard run by Cotton that eventually led to a score.
- The big problems for the offense, especially for Westendorp were getting the snaps under center handled. He also ran into the running back in the backfield on a few plays. Radcliff is the one quarterback that seems to have the fewest issues under center.
- In the kicking game, Richie Hogan seems to be setting himself apart. He looks to have the strongest leg and the most consistency.

That is about it for Saturday. I will have more notes next week.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks again for some great updates Drew. How is Zelinski looking? I figured he'd be competing for a 2nd string spot. I remember him looking good in mop up time last year before he got injured.

March 27, 2010 at 7:12 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Anthony Hollis from GRCC on campus for Spring practice? Thanks for the updates.

March 27, 2010 at 8:13 PM 
Blogger Drew Ellis said...

First - Zelinsky has been injured all spring. I would expect him to be a factor this year with the second string and see time on the field in 2010.

Second - No sign of Hollis from what I have seen.

March 27, 2010 at 10:39 PM 
Anonymous Garrett Brown said...

Anthony Hollis is finishing up classes at GRCC and then will here for the summer

March 28, 2010 at 5:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where do you think Eric Fisher will fit in? He's too good to be left out of the starting lineup.

March 29, 2010 at 5:55 AM 

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