Scrimmage Notes (Long) After seeing them scrimmage today, I have my hopes up. I dont think anyone is going to be able to run againsts us at all. i think West Va is looking more and more like a win with the speed we have at the LB position. QB: Cody will be the guy come fall. Ballenger doesnt have the poise or experience to challenge him and Nelson doesnt seem to be the leader that we need. Cody got better at checking off his recievers and not following one guy the whole play. Ballenger played well, but never got any looks with the first team offense. OLine: We will have a good Oline this year. The first team didnt allow any sacks and just a few pressures. Solder will not start at tackle, he will play at some point during this season but he wont get the nod against the Rams, IMO. TE: Geer screwed us over. Devenny will have a good year, he had a great catch (TD) down the middle of the field. That will be where the TE's get most of their receptions/touchdowns, sending the WR's out and sending the TE down the middle. RB/FB: Kai didnt play (no suprise), but Maurice Cantrell will be quite the FB this year. He can run/catch (short stuff) and block. This is the year to get excited about the running game. The 3rd play of the day Sumler took a screen pass about 45 yards for a TD. Lockridge, Sumler and Moyd will all have an impact in some way this year. I have no doubt that if Scott works hard he will start against CSU but we have a rotation of 5 running backs and each will get a few looks this year. WR: Patrick Williams. He stepped up this year, he is going to be the WR leader this year, no drops today, instead he decided to catch anything withing 5 feet of him, on the ground, diving, if he plays like that the rest of the year he will not dissapoint. J Fly is now the one who will run the end around and ran it well today, he is still very uneasy about running deap into the corners (think about what happened last fall), but he blocks and catches very well. Simas will be the one who benefited from his RS the most. He will be the go to guy deep opposite Smith. McKnight catches anything. He is a very good possesion reciever and I look for him to catch the short stuff. Celestine will play very well but slide under the radar of most teams and that will allow him to have a few big plays. Dline: I dont know if it was because they were told not to try and hit the QB or the Oline was doing a great job, but they still had trouble getting pressure on the QB. Like I said before, no one will be able to run against us. Conrad Obi I have a feeling will play in significant games this year, the kid is an animal and plays DE the way it was meant to be played. LB: This is still an iffy position. Jones had a "sack" along with "smart" coming off the side, but we are really going to need a freshman step up (Mohler, Major...someone). Katoa was there but he was working the chain gang along with Kai. Marcus Burton, Jake Duren, Nate Vaiomounga, Mike Sipili and Josh Hartigan all were on the sidelines. Hopefully Cabral can do something about these kids. DB: Hopefully Walters can stay healthy this year. He was missed at times today, his backup (Anthony Perkins) played well in coverage but struggles with open field tackles. Jimmy Smith will be a Wheatly-like coverage guy. He doesnt stand 5 yards away from the WR before the snap, he is on the line pushing the WR after the snap and covers very well. Gardner McKay will play on the other side and I feel good about him as well, we dont really play any teams this year that have stud WR's like OU did last year. Special Teams: My, my, my. Dillalo will be the punter and when his line can hold back the defense he can boom his kicks, however, I have a feeling he will have a few blocked kicks this year. On the other side, I think we will block a few kicks this year, Simas blocked a kick and Jimmy Smith took it in for 6. Our field goal/PAT kicking worries are far from over. Aric Goodman missed an extra point (just missed, not tipped, blocked, just missed) and Jameson Davis has a leg that can kick it out of the endzone on kickoffs, but he accuracy is terrible. Dont expect Hawk's 4th and 4 gambles to stop. On a side note, the no huddle seemed to work really well. I think the coaches have implemented just enough that they will use it well, yet have everyone on the same page. Also. John Hessler was there and he was pretty excited about this years team.