‘Cats Look Sluggish In Final Fall Scrimmage

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The Ohio Bobcats held their second scrimmage of fall football camp Tuesday. It was a lackluster event that mostly featured play from the team’s backups.

Starting running back Beau Blankenship shined in his very limited reps, but recently converted running back Tim Edmond had the biggest day while running with the third-team unit. He pulled off some successful runs, including a big 41-yard scamper. Edmond also showed off his receiving abilities, hauling in a touchdown reception on a fake field goal from holder Grant Venham, near the end of the scrimmage.

The offense managed two scores in the scrimmage. Second-string quarterback Derrius Vick tossed an 8-yard touchdown to freshman tight end Mason Morgan for the first one. Redshirt freshman J.D. Sprague, who is locked in a battle for third-string quarterback, marched the offense down the field on pair of nice passes, setting up a 10-yard quarterback-keeper for a touchdown.

But, not everyone looked good Tuesday. Center Jacob Welter botched several shotgun snaps to Sprague, sending a few of them past the quarterback. The defense also gave up several big plays, especially in the running game. Overall the play felt sluggish, with several mistakes in execution taking place all around. With the starting units getting few, if any reps, and more than 15 players sitting out entirely, it was a rough day for the Bobcats.

On special teams Nate Carpenter pulled off a 29-yard kickoff return after the ball took an awkward bounce. All three contenders for the kicker job, Matt Green, Josiah Yazdani, and Matt Amicone, kicked extra points on the day, converting them all. But Green was the only one to make a field goal. He drilled a 44-yard kick from the left hash mark right up the middle, while the other two sailed theirs wide left.

The Bobcats have only five practices remaining in fall camp. The team returns to action twice Wednesday, with a morning practice at 8 and an afternoon practice 3:25, in the final two-a-day of the year.