This is the second and final article in this series.
Last time I reported on how the first spring scrimmage went, and how there was some postive signs of improvement from the first and second-team defense, and a dominating performance by our first-team offense. Today is about the scrimmage that took place yesterday, and the final one before the Garnet and Gold game on Saturday.
First-team offense- Christian Ponder had another dominant scrimmage as he completed 7 of 11 passes for 188 yards. He would have been nearly perfect if not for two drops, and a misfire on a deep post. All five of our running backs alternated with the first team and while they were not as productive, they each ran for at least 19 yards.
On the last drill of the scrimmage, the first-team offense ran the ball ten straight times and scored. This was largely due to the play of the wide receivers, who drew the ire of Coach Fisher.
Almost all of our wideouts did the things elite receivers don't do; have a lack of focus, dropping passes, and running poor routes. Bert Reed was the only consistent wideout on the day, as he caught 3 passes for 105 yards. The offense had a pretty good day, but they were not the best unit on the field.
First-team defense: The unit that should get the award of best on the field(all FSU fans shoud be jumping for joy). While they still have have much to improve on, this unit dominated the second-team offense. As Bud Elliot from Tomahawk Nation points out,"A good defense will take advantage of young quarterbacks, and considering the defense held Secord and Trickett to a combined 42 yards on 6-16 passing and 3 interceptions, that is exactly what they did".
Greg Reid was the star on the field yesterday as he nabbed 4 int's in the scrimmage, 2 each in the situational and non-situational work. His best play was when he jumped a Clint Trickett out-route pass, and raced 35 yards untouched into the end zone. Reid was not the only defensive player to earn the praise of Coach Fisher.
Xavier Rhodes broke up a pass, and even made a sack on the QB. Ochuko Jenije, Nigel Bradham, and Dionte Allen each made plays which Coach Fisher certainly took notice of. Coach Stoops also ran a lot more exotic coverages, blitzed more, and even showed the offense some new formations such as the 3-4. That was a big reason the first-teamers were successful today.
Second-team offense: By reading about the first team defense, you can obviously tell this unit played the worse today. Remember though, these guys are very young and they will only get better with time.
Second-team defense: They continued to get dominated through the air by Ponder, but they held all the running backs under 40 yards rushing. They also made the running backs earn their yards, which is good. This group is still adjusting to all the new schemes being thrown at them, so I would much rather give up 188 passing yards than 300.
Overall, our first-teamers look to be in good shape, with the exception of the wideouts. I believe why Fisher criticized them was so that he could light a fire under them to play well, and judging by some of his post-scrimmage comments he is not afraid to play a freshman. We have some very good ones coming in at that, who many of them happen to be four-stars.
What the receivers did today will not be tolerated,and under Coach Fisher will have you riding the bench. This is why I am so glad Coach Fisher is the new head man at FSU, because he wants to see this team make a return to glory, and is doing everything necessary to make that happen. Next time I will be posting a review of the Garnet and Gold game. Until next time and Fear the Spear!!!!!