Saturday, August 13, 2011

CMU Scrimmage Notes from 8/13

Alright folks, I will save the observations for the end. The CMU football team had its scrimmage today with the first team offense taking on the second team defense and second team offense against the first team defense. Both third teams got some work as well. Here is a summary of each possession in order:

- Drive starts at CMU 30 – 1st team offense/2nd team defense (Radcliff at QB)

Radcliff hit David Blackburn for a pair of first down passes including a 23-yard pass to begin the drive. Connor Odykirk also caught a first down pass, as Radcliff looked to the TE a lot. Kenny McClendon had a pass deflection at the line of scrimmage for the defense, but ultimately, Radcliff had a 17-yard touchdown run on a scramble. He actually showed good instinct by running and made a couple moves to score. David Harman hit the PAT.

- Drive starts at CMU 30 – 2nd team offense/1st team defense (Westendorp at QB)
Ben Brown made a first down on a screen pass and the offense got another first down on a Lorenzo White pass interference call, which I thought was bad penalty by the ref. A lengthy pass play to Jarrett Fleming was called back on a hold by the offensive line, and ultimately a Steve Winston sack ended the drive.

- Drive starts at CMU 30 – 3rd team offense/3rd team defense (Niznak at QB)
Denzel Wimberly had a pair of nice runs to start his solid day. Freshman Courtney Williams had a dropped pass in the drive and then on fourth down and short, Austin White was crushed at the line and stopped short of the first down.

- Drive starts at CMU 30 – 1st team offense/2nd team defense (Radcliff at QB)

Paris Cotton got a big gain on a pass play as he had a delayed release from the line. Tyler Lombardo then caught a pass that brought the drive to the 3-yard line where Zurlon Tipton finished it off by plowing through the line for a score. Harman made the PAT.

- Drive starts at CMU 30 – 2nd team offense/1st team defense (Westendorp at QB)
John Williams knocked down a Westendorp pass at the line of scrimmage. AJ then bounced back by finding Caleb Southworth for a first down. The drive stalled thanks to a tackle for loss by Winston against Austin White and then Billy Myler took a nasty hit on the sideline from Jahleel Addae to force a punt.

- Drive starts at CMU 30 – 2nd team offense/1st team defense (Westendorp at QB)
Westendorp found Jason Wilson on the sideline for a first down but followed that up with a near interception. He threw behind a receiver in the flat and Shamari Benton nearly picked off the pass. But, AJ bounced back, finding Cedric Fraser on a 55-yard touchdown pass. However, it appeared Jason Chomic had a sack of AJ, but they could only touch the quarterbacks, not tackle them. Harman made the extra point.

- Drive starts at 50 – 1st team offense/2nd team defense (Radcliff at QB)
Tipton had a long run to the 10-yard line to spark the scoring drive and then Radcliff had a nice rollout pass to Connor Odykirk in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. Harman made the extra point.

- Drive starts at 50 – 2nd team offense/1st team defense (Westendorp at QB)

Titus Davis had a first down catch but the drive stalled out quickly, resulting in a punt situation.

- Drive starts at 50 – 3rd team offense/3rd team defense (Niznak at QB)
This drive went 3 and out.

- Drive starts at CMU 3 – 1st team offense/2nd team defense (Radcliff at QB)
Tim Phillips had a long run to the opponent’s 21-yard line for the best rush of the day. He also drew a facemask penalty from Leron Eaddy on the tackle. Freshman CB Stefon Armstead knocked away a potential touchdown pass to Jerry Harris in the end zone and the offense settled for a 28-yard field goal from Harman, which was good.

- Drive starts at CMU 3 – 2nd team offense/1st team defense (Westendorp at QB)
Westendorp was sacked in the end zone on the first play for a safety. I believe Winston had the sack.

- Drive starts at Visitor’s 20 – 2nd team offense/1st team defense (Fricke at QB)
Fricke had his only drive of the day here. He nearly threw a pick six to John Carr, but Carr was unable to catch the ball. Harman eventually made a 29-yard field goal on the possession.

- Drive starts at Visitor’s 20 – 1st team offense/2nd team defense (Radcliff at QB)
Radcliff found Blackburn early in the possession for a touchdown. Harman made the extra point.

- Drive starts at Visitor’s 20 – 1st team offense/2nd team defense (Radcliff at QB)
Tipton had a physical 10-yard run early in the drive, but the offense stalled out at the 3-yard line after an incomplete pass from Radcliff to Titus Davis. Harman made a 20-yard field goal.

- Drive starts at Visitor’s 20 – 2nd team offense/1st team defense (Westendorp at QB)
The offense didn’t do much here, settling for a 31-yard field goal attempt from Harman, which was blocked at the line. Not sure who got the block. It was the only miss on the day for Harman.

- Drive starts at Vistior’s 4 – 1st team offense/2nd team defense (Radcliff at QB)
Kevin King tripped up Ben Brown for a loss on the first play. On third and goal, Tipton was stuffed by Eaddy and Darryll Stinson, but he got the last laugh by running over Eaddy for a touchdown on fourth and goal. Harman made the extra point.

- Drive starts at Visitor’s 4 – 2nd team offense/1st team defense (Westendorp at QB)
Freshman CB Jarret Champman knocked away a touchdown pass in the end zone to start the drive, but Brown eventually scored on a 1-yard run a few plays later. Harman made the extra point.

- Drive starts at Visitor’s 20 – 3rd team offense/3rd team defense (Westendorp at QB)
Wimberly caught a 10-yard pass from Niznak to start the drive. A touchdown was called on a fade pass from Niznak to Jason Wilson in the corner of the end zone. Wilson battled Derek Carter for the ball and made a juggling catch as he landed. He looked out of bounds on the play, but the ref gave him the score.

- Drive starts at CMU 34 – 1st team offense/2nd team defense (Radcliff at QB)
This was a possession where 2:48 was put on the clock and the offense is trying to run the clock out. Tipton picked up a first down run on the drive, but the defense ultimately forced a punt with 1:37 left near midfield.

- Drive starts at CMU 34 – 2nd team offense/1st team defense (Westendorp at QB)
The offense didn’t get a first down. Austin White was the running back and the defense made a stop on third down to force fourth and inched with 2:30 on the clock.

- Drive starts at CMU 34 – 1st team offense/2nd team defense (Radcliff at QB)
This was the 2-minute drill with 1:43 put on the clock. Phillips picked up 31 yards on a screen pass to start the drive and then Radcliff found Cedric Fraser on a 35-yard TD pass. Fraser got past freshman CB Dennis Nalor for the score. Harman made the extra point.

- Drive starts at CMU 34 – 2nd team offense/1st team defense (Westendorp at QB)
2-minute drill again. Ben Brown had a nice 22-yard run early in the drive and Odykirk caught a 9-yard pass to follow that. Westendorp then ran for a first down but was sacked by Caesar Rodriguez on the next play. On fourth and long, Westendorp found Jason Wilson for a first down and then Harman made a 25-yard field goal with a few seconds left on the clock.

- That was all of the possessions. As you can see, Brandon Fricke had just one drive. Not sure what that means for the QB depth chart.
- There was a lot of mixing and matching at positions, as the coaches wanted to see different players play with different teammates. Paris Cotton and Armond Staten didn’t get many reps, but I would guess that is because they don’t need them, being seniors with a lot of experience.
- Nobody really blew me away on the day but I thought Winston had a good effort as did freshmen running backs Wimberly and Brown. Both ran with a lot of force and effort.
- The first team offense threw the ball well but didn’t have that much success running the ball against a second string defensive line. Tim Phillips had some good plays and Tipton grinded out a few runs, but the offense wasn’t getting steady 4-yard gains.
- The offensive line struggled on the second team. Winston and John Williams seemed to be in the backfield a lot early on. I think it speaks to the lack of depth on the line. Rocky Weaver and Mike Repovz were still out of practice with injuries.
- Clearly the tight end position is a focal point of the offense and I would expect more production out of it this season.

That’s it for today. Hope that was helpful. I will be off tomorrow and get back to a practice early next week. The regular season is getting closer and closer.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drew,

Thanks for a ton of information. I hope they can get the running game going or we better see more spread formations. Its going to be hard to knock the BCS teams off the ball, it always is for teams from the Mid AM. Great to hear that we have a fighting chance to make our field goals this season.

SC

August 13, 2011 at 7:28 PM 

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