April 18, 2009

Scrimmage defensive again

There was a semblance of a running game at yesterday's scrimmage, but the defensive line once again owned the day and dominated. The quarterbacks had very little time to throw and that makes it hard on experienced quarterbacks, not to mention a redshirt freshman and a true freshman.

There were a total of three picks by the defense and a fumble recovery. There could have been a couple of more interceptions if not for drops by the defense. The passing game was hindered by the upfront pressure by the front four.

Redshirt freshman corner Andrew Abbott had a nice day at corner and picked off two passes. Sophomore linebacker Sean Westgate had the other interception.

It has been said by many this spring that the Bruin have an opportunity to be an outstanding defense. The front seven are solid and the defensive backs are fast, tough and can bring the wood.

Speaking of bringing the wood, one crowd pleasing play was an open field tackle by E.J. Woods on Nate Chandler. Recently moved to tight end, Chandler caught the ball in open field and the only thing that kept him from rumbling into the end zone was Woods, who like a lumberjack, cut the big tight end down with a nice hit.

The defense made things hard on the offense, but there were some plays made by offense, most notably in the running game. The talented group of running backs collectively carried the ball 33 times for 147 yards while averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Aundre Dean scored the lone rushing touchdown.

Milton Knox resembled the player he was in high school and led the scrimmage with 48 yards.

The other touchdown by the offense came on a nifty catch and run by Chris Forcier on a Kevin Craft pass. Foricer displayed a crafty little move in the open field to free himself untouched by the defender then had a burst for a touchdown.

Offensive center Kai Maiava sprained his ankle during the scrimmage, but at this time it isn't considered serious.

Again there was another nice showing of prospects at the scrimmage just a few names that we saw were athlete prospect Anthony Barr from Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola, quarterback Sean Mannion from Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill, defensive end Marquis Jackson from College of the Canyon, running back Dietrich Riley from La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis and running back Lucky Radley from Agoura, Calif.

There were more and we hope to have a more detailed report on prospects later.

OFFENSIVE STATS

Passing
Kevin Prince 5-19 for 55 yards, 0 TD, 2 Int.
Richard Brehaut 6-8 for 50 yards 0 TD, 0 Int.
Kevin Craft 3-6 for 22 yards 1 TD (9 yards) 1 Int.

Rushing
Milton Knox 8 carries 48 yards
Derrick Coleman 7 carries for 29 yards
Johnathan Franklin 5 carries for 27 yards
Raymond Carter 8 carries for 23 yards
Aundre Dean 5 carries for 20 yards and 1 TD(1 yard)

Receiving
Dominique Johnson 3 receptions for 30 yards
Morrell Presley 2 receptions for 22 yards
Nelson Rosario 2 receptions for 22 yards
Chris Forcier 2 receptions for 16 yards1 TD (9 yards)
Terrence Austin 2 receptions for 13 yards
Nate Chandler 1receptions for 19 yards
Antwon Moutra 1reception for 5 yards
Jeff Miller 1 reception for 0 yards


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