Saturday, August 20, 2011

CMU Scrimmage Notes for 8/20

Today marked the second and final team scrimmage for the Central Michigan football team.
Before things even got started, there was a noticeable absence, as quarterback Ryan Radcliff sat out of practice with a thumb injury to his throwing hand.
Following practice, Enos said that the injury was minor, just some blood had to be drained from under his thumb. Radcliff was sitting out the scrimmage as a precaution.
Also Aaron McCord was out of practice with an injury while Rocky Weaver continues to sit out of contact drills. Kashawn Fraser is now on crutches. It appears he may have had an operation to his knee.
With Radcliff out, A.J. Westendorp handled the first team QB duties while Brandon Fricke was the backup. Alex Niznak never appeared in a series.
The coaches did a lot of shuffling with positions and after the opening few series, it was hard to determine a first or second team.
Still, here are some notes from each possession.

1 & 10 at CMU 31 – First Team Offense/Second Team Defense (Westendorp at QB)
Zurlon Tipton started with a nice physical run and then broke off a big run to the 5-yard line. He was able to get outside and cut up field, but was tackled by Leron Eaddy. Tipton eventually got the TD run as well, running over Kyle Smith at the goal line.

1 & 10 at CMU 31 – Second Team Offense/First Team Defense (Fricke at QB)
The unit went 3 and out as Joe Kinville batted down a third down pass by Fricke. The groups restarted and Jarrett Fleming had a nice reception where he carried numerous defenders before getting tackled. John Williams and Jason Chomic each had tackled for loss to end the drive for the offense.

1 & 10 at CMU 31 – First Team Offense/Second Team Defense (Westendorp at QB)
Westendorp had a first down scramble and then found Connor Odykirk for a nice long pass. However, Eaddy forced a fumble of Odykirk, which was recovered by Kenny McClendon.

1 & 10 at CMU 31 – Second Team Offense/First Team Defense (Fricke at QB)
It was a quick 3 and out for the defense as Jahleel Addae made a nice tackle on Jordan McConnell on third down. McConnell was running a cross route and was hit upon catching the pass.

1 & 10 at Visitor 49 – First Team Offense/Second Team Defense (Westendorp at QB)
Westendorp had a nice play where he moved out of the pocket and found Fleming on a deep pass that would have been a touchdown, but Fleming dropped the pass. It hit him right in the hands. Westendorp had a 20-yard scramble later in the drive and then found David Blackburn for a short first down pass. The offense got down to the 2 and then kicked a field goal. It was good by David Harman. They kicked on first down, so the offense could have went on to score.

1 & 10 at Visitor 49 – Second Team Offense/Second Team Defense (Fricke at QB)
Jake Bentley had a nice trip-up tackle on Austin White to prevent a big run early in the possession and then Fricke was unable to hit Courtney Williams on a slant route on third down. Williams could have run the wrong route, but the pass was way off.

1 & 10 at Visitor 20 – First Team Offense/Second Team Defense (Westendorp at QB)
Westendorp ran a play action pass to Caleb Southworth that got down to the 1-yard line and then the offense kicked a field goal. Harman hit the 18-yard attempt.

1 & 10 at Visitor 20 – Second Team Offense/Second Team Defense (Fricke at QB)
The opening play saw the defensive line knock down a Fricke pass attempt. Eventually, Harman hit a 23-yard field goal to hit a drive.

1 & 10 at Visitor 20 – First Team Offense/Second Team Defense (Westendorp at QB)
Westendorp hit Odykirk on a touchdown pass on the first play of the drive. Odykirk was heading to the corner of the end zone and Westendorp was on target with his throw.

1 & 10 at Visitor 20 – Second Team Offense/Second Team Defense (Fricke at QB)
The offense moved down toward the goal line, but Denzel Wimberly was stuffed on two run attempts at the 1-yard line.

1 & 10 at CMU 34 – First Team Offense/Second Team Defense (Westendorp at QB)
This was the two minute drill. White had a big run early on in the possession and took a big hit from Kevin King in the process. The drive ended on a short pass to Jason Wilson and he broke away from the defenders to get to the end zone. He showed good break away speed.

That’s it from me. I will have a few more practice updates next week before we enter the first week of the 2011 season.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides three year starter John Williams, and backup Steve Winston finally emerging....... has 2nd year DT Laterrius Walton and frosh Shafer Johnson been dominate yet in scrimmages?

I don't hear much about the 6'6'' 310 lb. 2nd year player.

August 20, 2011 at 11:22 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coach Enos said in his press conference, the most impressive true freshman the first week was WR Andrew Flory but he just pulled his hamstring muscle real badly.

What's Flory's status now for the season?

August 20, 2011 at 11:32 AM 
Blogger Drew Ellis said...

Flory has not been playing, so I would expect him to be redshirted. But, that hasn't been confirmed by the coaches.

In terms of DT, I wouldn't say Walton has looked all that good. He has struggled with his conditioning. But, with time, I think he will be a big asset to the defensive line.

August 20, 2011 at 3:06 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enos said Flory was the most impressive freshman in the class up to the point he got injured. So I take it his injury is significant enough, too bad for RR and the offense.

August 20, 2011 at 3:21 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our wide receivers have GOT to step up this year.
I don't care if we have to play a freshman... We have to have a guy or two step up and help out Wilson and RR.

August 21, 2011 at 7:20 AM 
Anonymous Mike said...

Disappointing about Walton's progress. I was expecting this kid to be a monster this season.

August 21, 2011 at 12:30 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enos brought in some real playmakers in this freshman class so the Chips will show more explosiveness.Not sayin he brought in Antonio Brown,Josh Gordy,Brian Anderson... but he needs to get us back to our champ standards offensively with recruits like AB and BA.

August 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM 

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