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Breakin' 2

  • Ouch. Howard Barbieri left Wednesday's practice on crutches with a knee injury. Caleb Ruch proceeded to botch a few snaps, which open the door for redshirt freshmen David Osei to get more reps. It's hard for the offense as a whole to do much of anything until that unit is settled and healthy. They're still trying to find the right mix, with Art Forst getting some work in at tackle, and Betim Bujari coming back to play with the second team.
  • Abdul Smith was the corner pegged as possibly moving to safety in the future, but instead Darrell Givens surprisingly is the one making that move at this time.
  • WR Phil Lewis suffered a serious arm injury.
  • Everybody loves WR Coach P.J. Fleck. P.J. Fleck and the Flecktones sounds like the name of the most obscure, lo-fi indie rock band of all time. If you think that's annoying, I'm one standout game performance away from demanding that Tom Savage's name be spelled out in ALL CAPS.
  • Brian Bennett's dispatch from Friday's practice is very informative, more so than his previous spring reports from other Big East programs. He sounds high on the receivers and the front seven on defense. The former has been the story of camp, and of course the latter return great personnel. The flipside is that two injured offensive line starters thin an already-inexperienced group (although, Bennett likes Stapleton). That more than anything could hold back a young Scarlet Knights team from winning the Big East this fall.
  • Which is probably why Saturday's scrimmage was less than smooth. Probably should bar any defender from touching Savage, because things would look bleak if he went down. If there's any consolation in that report, it's that the defense looks good, and they're usually ahead in the spring anyway.