August 14, 2010
Good balance in first scrimmage
After their morning practice, the second with full pads, the Boston College football team participated in their first scrimmage on Saturday night as Mark Herzlich remained on the sidelines. A cool evening in Boston showed a team far more experienced then the one that appeared in the first scrimmage last year, but as coach Spaziani said, "They're still a long long way off".
Dave Shinskie led the first team offense out onto the field to start the scrimmage and his first past attempt caused everyone to shake their heads. After a little bit of a scramble, Dave threw a dying quail over the middle that almost got picked off. He re-grouped though and showed a fairly solid pocket presence. He completed 9-14 pass attempts and totaled 81 yards and a touchdown to Clyde Lee.
The touchdown pass came on a play where Shinskie showed patience and found the open man in the back of the endzone on a good strike. Mike Marscovetra went 7-9 for 52 yards and got help from his running backs on screen passes. Both quarterbacks utilized their check down routes well, often finding the tight ends. Chase Rettig, Josh Bordner, and even Shane Cranmore saw some time under center and completed a few passes. Spaziani said, "The battle is between all the greens," (the QB's wear green in scrimmages).
Starting back Montel Harris had a few carries, but the running game featured those in the hunt for the backup spot. Andre Williams had a good showing as he lead all rushers with seven rushes for 59 yards a touchdown in which he showed a good bounce outside. Tajh Kimble scored another touchdown from the one-yard-line. Williams, Kimble, and Sterlin Phifer showed decent hands as check down options for the QBs.
With Colin Larmond Jr. out of the scrimmage with a hamstring injury and Shakim Phillips also out, the other wide receivers had a chance to show their stuff. Clyde Lee showed good speed and worked hard to get open for his touchdown catch in the endzone. Ifeanyi Momah caught passes over the middle and showed good hands. Billy Flutie evidenced the ability to move in space as he caught a ball near the left sideline and made multiple defenders miss after catching a ball on a curl route. The QBs targeted Johnathan Coleman on downfield routes but each attempt fell incomplete or a DB knocked it away. True freshman Bobby Swiggert showed good route running and that he didn't mind taking a big hit.
Chris Pantale, Lars Anderson and Jordan McMichael all played prominently in the passing game as check down routes. McMichael led all receivers in receptions and Shinskie's longest completion of 29 yards went to Anderson. All three showed pass catching abilities and blocked well in the running game.
The first team line of Costanzo, Cleary, Richman, Claiborne, and Lapham played well. They blocked well in the running game and for the most part gave ample time in the pocket for the QBs. The second team struggled a little with the D line and gave up some sacks. Overall the offensive line gave up eight sacks on the day, an area of concern for sure.
Dillon Quinn came in with the second team defensive line and had quite a scrimmage. At 6'6" and 300+ pounds, Quinn shed his blocks with relative ease and registered three sacks in the game. He also showed good penetration in the run game. Alex Albright brought good pressure off the end and made some good hard tackles. Max Holloway and Kasim Edebali registered pass deflections. Kaleb Ramsey and Damik Scafe did not dress.
Freshman Kevin Pierre-Louis led the way for the linebackers, registering a team high five tackles and a pass breakup before getting dinged with a minor injury while Luke Kuechly was his usual active self. The first-team linebackers didn't see a lot of action in the scrimmage.
Wes Davis showed he may be able to fill Marcellus Bowman's shoes as big hitter of the team as he racked up big tackles. Isaac Johnson also stood out as he covered Coleman on deep routes and broke up the attempts. DeLeon Gause came up with a fumble recovery.
Ryan Quigley punted well but the field goal kicking stole the show. Though Quigley has the number one spot on the preseason depth chart, watch out for Nate Freese. Freese nailed a 44-yarder and a 24-yarder before clanking a 46-yard kick off the left post. The kick that clanged off the upright still had a lot of air under it. Quigley missed a 34-yarder wide right and made a 33-yard attempt.
The second scrimmage of the fall is slated for Wednesday at 6PM.
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