Thursday, March 25, 2010

CMU Spring Practice: Thursday

Not a whole lot to report on today.

- Weather was much colder and a strong wind was causing problems for the quarterbacks at times. None of the quarterbacks looked too great today as there were a lot of missed throws and communication problems between them and the receivers. Still, Ryan Radcliff had a nice pass to David Blackburn late in pass skeleton drills and A.J. Westendorp had some nice lengthy passes too.
- The defense is well ahead of the offense right now, which is to be expected. The defense has been ahead of the offense in past springs and falls as well, so I wouldn't worry too much about that.
- Shamari Benton and Armond Staten are both contending for the Sam Linebacker. Staten seems to be set in at the No. 1 spot but Benton is making a lot of positive strides and he has been taken under the wing of Matt Berning, which is a good sign for him.
- Tim Phillips looked pretty good today in practice. He has great feet and really can find the holes in the front line.
- Things got scrappy toward the end of practice, but I think it was more of a sign of frustration from the offense and their struggles. The team is still upbeat and I think they are responding well to the coaching staff.
- Frank Zombo and may of the other CMU Pro Day athletes were there. Frank told me he just started preparing for tight end work outs last weekend, but the response has been great and he said the Chiefs were going to be in contact with him.

That is about it for today. Sorry its nothing too exciting. The opening days were probably the biggest as far as new news goes. I will try to catch all of Saturday's practice and provide some more detail. If you would like to know about specific players, feel free to drop a comment and I will try to key in on them on Saturday.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the updates Drew!

March 25, 2010 at 12:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's great to have a little more information about the team each day. Your posts are appreciated. Thanks.

March 25, 2010 at 12:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drew- How has redshirted freshmen Adam Fenton looked?

March 25, 2010 at 1:41 PM 
Blogger Drew Ellis said...

Fenton is looking good and coming around at defensive end. He will be one of many young bodies at the position. He has a lot of strength, but he was orginally a linebacker, so we will see how his strength and size stack up against big offensive tackles.

March 25, 2010 at 3:23 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drew: Is Darrell Stinson's health issues the same as last year or is this something new?

March 25, 2010 at 6:14 PM 
Blogger Drew Ellis said...

Stinson had a serious back injury that sidelined him all of last year and I had quite a few coaches tell me they thought he would never play again. I think that is still a concern this year, but he has been practicing in pads, just staying out of full contact drills. He had a lot of promise his freshman season, so hopefully he can find a way to see the field and get a chance to play again.

March 25, 2010 at 9:20 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Love your stuff. At present who are the top 4 defensive ends?

March 26, 2010 at 7:58 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it true that Cody Pettit had knee surgery and altough he's coming along well, the coaches want him ready for summer and not necessarily spring ball?

March 26, 2010 at 11:06 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I guess what I'm asking is: Can you give us an update on Cody Pettit?

March 26, 2010 at 11:08 AM 
Blogger Drew Ellis said...

As far as the defensive ends go, I will focus on that Saturday. Fraser is not practicing right now so the depth chart is hazy.

On Petit, yes he is dealing with an injury and I am sure the coaches will be cautious with him and would rather have him ready in the fall than in the spring.

March 26, 2010 at 12:23 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Drew, thanks for the updates How is Mike Repovz doing on Off. Tackle

March 26, 2010 at 1:26 PM 
Blogger Drew Ellis said...

Mike looks good. He has added a lot of weight since a year ago. I don't see him starting, but he will probably see the field when injuries occur.

March 26, 2010 at 1:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for your updates. They are greatly appreciated.

March 27, 2010 at 1:56 PM 

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