It was a spirited, 2-plus hour scrimmage at Centennial Bank Stadium Saturday morning with plenty of physical play. Here are some notes:
Most of the established starters and all-Sun Belt players didn’t play all that much if at all – guys like Rolland-Jones, Clifton, and Blaise Taylor – it was apparent that they wanted to get less experienced guys expected to contribute the extra reps – especially on defense.
New Australian punter Cody Grace didn’t kick perfect spirals always but that ball goes way up there.
Jamal Jones ran tough and with energy, and was difficult to bring down – espesically for his size (5-9 183).
IF Weh-Weh ran the ball, I missed it.
Darveon Brown looks good. He showed good speed in beating 2nd team Safety Jefferie Gibson on a slant for a long TD.
Brandon Bowling also stood out with some nice yards after catch and a 40 or so yard kickoff return. Bowling also practiced as punt returner.
Don’t think Jonathan Adams, Jr. was dressed out.
Javonis Isaac didn’t look all that big, but he was a physical runner and showed good hands – tough to bring down.
Avery Johnson had perhaps the most fun play of the day, catching a pass wide open on the sideline about 15 to 18 yards past the line on a busted coverage, and then trucking it down the sideline before swerving back inside and using his downfield blocker and then swerving again and angling toward the middle of the end zone and outracing defenders – showed good natural running instincts. Someone on the sideline was excitedly hollering “bad white boy” after the play.
First five were:
On the 2nd team, the center was Novak. He struggled with snap consistency and put several on the ground or close to it(good news is Bonner handled them well).
Trent Ellis-Brewer was vocal and enthusiastic, and made some nice plays.
Michael Johnson and Darreon Jackson ran with the first team and looked the part. Jackosn had a nice pass break-up.
Gibson, running with the 2nd group, seemed to struggle a bit with pass coverage, and was using his hands a bit too aggressively.
William Bradley-King stood out at defensive end, getting pressure on QBs.