Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spring Practice Observations for Thursday

I took Tuesday off to attend to other matters, so hopefully nobody is too upset. Thursday's practice had a lot of scrimmaging. Here are some notes from the day.

-The WR's are very banged up. Kito Poblah is in red with an ankle injury, but it's nothing serious. Taylor Bradley is in red with an injury, Jeremy Wilson has a broken bone in his lower leg, Jordan McConnell was in green, and Matt Torres was in green. The starting WR's were Cody Wilson, Cedric Fraser, and Jerry Harris.
-Early in the scrimmage there was a lot of false start penalties, but that got cleaned up as the practice went on.
-Tyler Reed was used at tight end on occasion to back up David Blackburn.
-The defense did well early on, making a lot of stops, while the offense looked better late.
-The first touchdown pass was 26 yards from Ryan Radcliff to Fraser. Carl Colny had some nice runs to set up the score.
-Adam Fenton had three sacks during the practice and looked solid at defense end. He was up against the second team offensive line a lot though. Would like to see what he can do against Rocky Weaver or Eric Fisher.
-Blackburn had some nice catches and has good hands. CMU looked to go to him in a lot of 10-20 yard passes.
-Armond Staten had a nice hit on Blackburn over the middle that popped off Blackburn's helmet.
-Cody Wilson caught a 22-yard pass from Derek Rifenbury that got down to the 3-yard line, but CMU was unable to punch it in and had to settle for a 24-yard field goal from Richie Hogan. Hogan also hit a 39-yarder on the day and seems to be the main kicker for the team.
-Lorenzo White Jr. broke up a touchdown pass from Rifenbury to Fraser on a jump ball in the end zone. It was a nice play by White.
-A.J. Westendorp had a 7-yard touchdown pass to Fraser on a play action roll out play. Westendorp made some nice throws and seems to be working toward the backup position behind Radcliff.
-Paris Cotton had some solid runs and looked hungry. He was taking on hits and seemed to be enjoying the offensive play calling.
-Jahleel Addae looks like he will be a heavy hitter at safety and will have to see the field some this fall.
-Some of the final scrimmages were situations where CMU was up big and looking to run out the clock. They did so both times with solid running from Cotton and Volny.
-The CMU defense won the two-minute drill with a fumble recovery by Dannie Bolden when Cody Wilson coughed it up.

That is all for today. More to come next week as the players get Easter Weekend off.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who were the second team offensive linemen that Fenton was beating?

April 1, 2010 at 9:48 AM 
Blogger Drew Ellis said...

Not quite sure as many of the lineman have different jerseys now that their old ones have been torn apart, but I believe it was Adam Schneid at tackle.

April 1, 2010 at 9:53 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great info about offense and defense. Like to know more about special teams. Punting, kickoffs, FG's?

April 1, 2010 at 10:19 PM 
Blogger Bob said...

Good stuff Drew. What are the coaches like? It seems to me like most staffs have some guys who are fire and brimstone, while others are a little quieter in their approach.

Also, what's the defensive backfield looked like in terms of personnel so far? I really like the idea of having Bolden and Addae in back, but wondering what the rest of the backfield and depth looks like. How has Evan Ray looked? I remember thinking he was an impressive kid physically as a freshman, and made some practice plays.

April 2, 2010 at 7:59 AM 
Blogger Drew Ellis said...

First, Special Team is hard to gauge. I haven't really seen any live return work. Hartmann looks good at punter and Richie Hogan seems to be the kicker for next season. He is a bigger sized kicker and has a strong leg. I think he should be pretty steady.

Bob, The coaching staff looks comfortable and confident. They aren't as aggressive for the most part but both coordinators are still demanding and probably lose their voice on a day-to-day basis.
The defensive backfield looks to be Lorenzo White and Vince Agnew at CB and Bobby Seay and Dannie Bolden at S with Jahleel Addae also seeing time.
The depth there should be good though. A lot of young talent, but unproven talent as well.
Evan Ray was doing well early but he has been injured and missed about the last two weeks of practice. Nothing serious. He should be fine.

April 2, 2010 at 9:24 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about the O-Line, anything new or bigger?

April 3, 2010 at 9:24 AM 
Blogger Drew Ellis said...

Nothing really new with the O-Line. It should be a strength next season with four starters back. Jeff Maddux and Jake Olson have not practiced this spring as they recover from injuries that happened in the fall, which has given more reps for Eric Fisher at tackle and Matt Kanitz at guard. I would expect Darren Keyton, the backup center, to replace Allen Ollenburger at guard this season while Kanitz and Fisher should be ready to go if any injuries take place.

April 3, 2010 at 9:43 AM 

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