There was no practice on Sunday, largely because of double sessions on Saturday and today. Some players are banged up, but it's nothing major apparently. No more two-a-days after that. Greg Schiano wasn't all smiles on friday.
A couple interesting blurbs from Aditi's Sunday Mailbag.
Well, Blair – a former high school tailback – has seized that and is, Greg said, "getting better every day." He’s still probably behind Alex Silvestro, who has more experience up there, but for a guy who’s for the first time playing with one hand on the ground, Blair’s "certainly got the ability," Greg said.
Teddy’s made remarkable progress. Remember, when he came in last year, he’d never punted in the rain before. He’s spent a year acclimating to northeast weather and I expect you’ll see a big improvement in Rutgers’ punt protection team too. Tiquan Underwood said having a designated special teams coach, who has no other position groups, makes a difference. I haven’t seen anything to argue with that.
Words cannot express how happy this makes me. Rutgers ranked 95th in defending kick returns last year, and a dreadful 117th out of 119 in net punting. If the ST units had even been average, Rutgers swings a game or too. At minimum the UConn game. BTW, in that mailbag, Aditi also talks a bit about the tight controls RU exercises over the press.
Ray Rice and Brian Leonard both played well on Saturday night. NFL.com has highlights. According to wire reports, Leonard left the game early with a shoulder injury. There's more bad news, as Eric Foster reportedly was kicked in the calf.
This site has a nice breakdown of who voted for each team in the preseason AP poll. Aditi voted for RU at #20.
Just where did Billy Anderson come from? Sargeant also notes that Shamar Graves has taken the lead for the #2 TE spot.
CPE may not match D.C. Jefferson in the arm strength department, but he has a howitzer of his own.
Dr. Saturday, A.K.A. the artist formerly known as Sunday Morning Quarterback, took a look at Anthony Davis last week.
Meet San San Te.
Aditi had a great blurb on Friday about the budding chemistry between Mike Teel and Kenny Britt.
Kevin Haslam is finally ready to push opposing defenders around. As always, Aditi has some great supplementary material about Haslam and the OL. Things are looking good there. The team as a whole is building comradery.
Notes from UNC's second scrimmage.
Fresno State has gone through four offensive coordinators during the past four seasons.
Navy's offense, without Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, has not looked good in camp.
For the second week in a row, Navy's defense thoroughly dominated the offense in a scrimmage at Navy-Memorial Marine Corps Stadium. That made junior linebacker Clint Sovie, the team's defensive captain, happy. But at the same time, he admits, "I kind of hope that part of it is our offense is just a little off right now."
Otherwise the Midshipmen could be in serious trouble. The offense failed to score a touchdown in Saturday's 100-play scrimmage, one week after accounting for only one touchdown in the team's first scrimmage (and that was a 28-yard run from third-string quarterback Joe Taylor).
"We stink on offense," Coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "The defense played good two weeks in a row, came out here and whipped our butts. I don't think I've ever been in a scrimmage here where the offense didn't score a touchdown. In 11 years, that's the first time that's ever happened."