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UM SCRIMMAGE REACTION
UM held its second scrimmage tonight (closed to the media) and one of the highlights was a long touchdown catch from Stacy Coley. Also, Chad Thomas said Anthony Moten had two sacks and UM said Ufomba Kamalu also had two sacks. Gus Edwards and Mark Walton scored on short runs, and UM said Darrell Langham and David Njoku scored on receptions. Quarterback Malik Rosier scored on a short run.
Also notable: Danny Isidora moved from first-team right guard to first team right tackle, and Joe Brown played with the first team at guard.
Courtesy of UM, here’s some of what Al Golden, offensive coordinator James Coley and quarterback Brad Kaaya had to say:
Head Coach Al Golden
On how happy he was to be able to get the scrimmage in with inclement weather looming…
“It was good. We got a full third quarter in, and we got the number of reps we wanted to get - not quite a full game. I’m really happy where we are. We didn’t get anybody banged up.”
On if the team was able to accomplish everything it planned to in the scrimmage…
“We did. We didn’t miss anything. We got it all in.”
On what he knows after the scrimmage that he might not have known before…
“In one play, we came up a yard short on a route on 3rd & 5. We didn’t run the requisite depth. Those situations, the kids need to learn from. We had a 3rd & 13 on defense, and we had somebody who was supposed to be backed up but played close to the line of scrimmage. Guys have to make sure they have situational awareness, that’s all.”
On which freshmen stood out in the scrimmage…
“We played a lot of them. We’ll look at the tape, but I’m pleased with that group overall. Good number of them got in – I would say probably 11 or 12 of them played.”
On if setting the depth chart will be tougher or easier than he anticipated given the results of the scrimmage…
“There’s going to be some tough decisions, there’s no question. I think back to last year, Nick Linder and Trevor [Darling] were on the scout team, and six weeks later, they’re both starting. We have a long, long way to go here. Everybody needs to improve – coaches need to improve, players need the improve."
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach James Coley
What do you know now that you didn’t know yesterday?
"We got four quarterbacks… that can go into the game and play. I didn’t see a lot of mental errors. I saw guys who were aggressive with their throws, make good decisions and move really well in the pocket. I’ve very high on the group right now."
What did you think about the offensive line?
"I thought the ones played very well. They’re going against that one defense – that one defense is good. They got really good players up front and we have to scrap and when we scrap with those guys, every now and then, we get some bad ball. Meaning, we have some penalties. Because we have to really grab those guys because their big, they’re strong and they’re fast. So, that hurt us a little bit – some of the penalties. The twos are still learning. You’re talking about a whole unit with the twos, but they’ve gotten better from last scrimmage, so I’m encouraged."
Are you still working with the one unit or do you have your five [starters] at this point?
"I think we’ll release the depth chart after watching this film…I believe so. But, we got an idea of the rotation. You guys are kind of seeing it; Danny [Isidora] at guard… at tackle, Sunny [Odogwu]’s in there, Kc [McDermott]’s in there, Joe Brown’s in there in the mix too. So that’s what we’re looking at."
Coley, by the way, said Isidora looked good at tackle and Brown --- who has really been turning heads, as we noted on Tuesday --- looked good at guard.
"We had a couple of big runs by Mark [Walton] down the field and Njoku had a couple of nice big plays," Coley said. "Herb Waters had three or four phenomenal catches.... Gus showed some tough running. He's a big back."
On how the offense performed overall…
“It went pretty well, pretty good. I feel like we executed pretty well, and we’re just moving the ball fast. I feel like we’re cutting down on a lot of our penalties and turnovers. Just bad football, we’ve cut down a lot.”
On how he feels about the offense with two weeks to go before the season opener…
“I’m as confident as I can be after camp. Everyone’s touching the ball. We’re a hard team to scheme [against] right now. A lot of guys making plays. That’s what I’m confident about – our personnel, and the fact that everyone is on the same page.”
On the performances of wide receivers Stacy Coley and Herb Waters…
“They had really good days. A lot of clutch catches on third down. Stacy caught a touchdown. They looked pretty good today.”
On how the offensive line did as a unit…
“Our offensive line played good. They only gave up one sack today. There are still guys switching around, but as of now, the offensive line looks pretty set. Joe Brown has been making some good plays – he’s on second team right now, but Joe is a guy who has stepped up a lot this past camp. Overall, the offensive line is really coming together well.”
On the touchdown pass to Stacy Coley and who else had touchdowns…
“It was pretty long. I don’t know how long. Darrell Langham did, Mark [Walton] did, Malik [Rosier] ran one. We had a lot. I think a majority of our drives were coming away with points, either field goals or touchdowns. That’s what I like.”
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