– As you can see in the picture above, Coach Cal stopped by today’s scrimmage and talked to Coach Stoops. Conversation topics included Papa John’s, Orange Leaf, and Paul Miller Ford. It’s a shame that the picture doesn’t do Coach Stoops’ turtleneck justice; it would’ve made Tom Jurich jealous.
– The Cats got in about 140 plays today, leaving Mark Stoops relatively happy with his team after seeing them in game-action for the first time. Coach Stoops was left conflicted for the first time in his coaching career. Normally in the trenches with the defense, he eventually found himself on the offensive side for the majority of the scrimmage. He shared the same conflicted feeling that Matt shared with us on the radio Wednesday. Do you cheer when the defense gets a turnover, or do you chew out the running back that fumbled the ball?
– Stoops has not stopped preaching tempo since Spring began, but his players ‘brought it’ today. The piece left out of the equation lies with the skill players. “I was pleased with the offense and the defense as far as alignments and some assignments, but they kept the tempo up while doing some good things. It comes down to playmakers. We need more of them; it’s hard to sustain a long drive without making some big plays. The minute we’d get something going, we’d have a critical turnover or mistake that would stall the drive.”
– Stoops confirmed to the media that Donte Rumph is having surgery on his shoulder today. Rumph has a reachable goal of being back on the field in time for summer camp.
– The offense turned the ball over a few times today, but it doesn’t discourage Neal Brown too much…yet. After all it is the first time they have been tackled in about 4 months. “I’m not making an excuse because we are not an excuse operation, but this is the first time they’ve been tackled so I’m not shocked.”
– Raymond Sanders and Avery Williamson were called to the podium after practice. Even though the defense had the last laugh today, Ray is going to be laughing at Avery for awhile. “On a stretch play he shot the gap; I gave him a little stutter-step and he fell,” said a laughing Raymond Sanders. Avery smiled it off saying, “He got me good.”
– Receivers are still dropping passes. Unfortunately, this will not change overnight.
– After practice Punter Landon Foster challenged Jimmy Brumbaugh’s 8th grade son Legend to a throwing competition (How cool is it that his Dad would actually name him Legend? I bet it took a lot to convince the wife). As I was leaving the presser, the first thing I heard was, “Punter’s got throws BABY!” Landon beat out the 8th grade pocket passer, but Legend kept it close until the end. Fake punt next fall anyone?
6th string qb right here. All I’m gonna say.
– Landon Foster(@BigBlueKick12) March 29, 2013
#PunterU – @RoushKSR
– Not sure how this slipped my mind earlier, but it is worth mentioning that Josh Clemons took scrimmage snaps. Stoops said he looked ‘rusty’ but after 17+ months, what do you expect?