Welcome to the second installment of the MeanGreenSports.com live blog. It’s the second scrimmage for North Texas today and we will have as much coverage for you as we can follow. As for action on the field right now, unless you’re a Richard Simmons the only thing to report is stretching, and lots of it. T-minus 8 minutes from live action.
We're off and running (or passing) here at the second scrimmage of the spring season. MeanGreenSports.com's "Picks To Click": Jeremy Knott (no wind today) and Matt Phillips (someone has to hold). That's the second Phillips mention in as many weeks.
First-team offense takes the field for the first possession, and in overtime fashion, start from the defense's 25-yard line. Didn't take them long either, four plays later Vizza to Fitzgerald (heard that before) from four-yards out. So much for our pick to click, after making the extra point, Knott stepped back and tried a 27-yard field goal but pushed it wide right.
Vizza steps up in the pocket and...BAM. Germaine Dawson sneaks in from the blind side to drop Vizza for a seven-yard loss. Ryan Davenport also recorded a sack during the eight-play sequence.
Fourth-down and 13 for the Mean Green offense, and what should they do, why pass of course. And a nifty one at that as Vizza hooks up with Rod Johnson from 28-yards out. Johnson slashed from the inside and climbed the ladder to pull it down. That's 2-for-2 for the first-team offense in finding paydirt to start the scrimmage.
Third-team offense get its chance at it now. Two plays and a pick. Matt Phillips was trying to find his favorite target in the first scrimmage, Chase Bain in the corner of the endzone, but the pass was deflected up and intercepted by Isiah Smith.
Touchdown!!! Cam Montgomery finds the endzone from three-yards out. That's his second consecutive scrimmage in which he's tallied a rushing TD.
Welcome back B.J. Lewis. Lewis, who was running chains during last week's scrimmage, tallied his first reception of the spring season and takes it in for the score from 25-yards out.
Coaching legend Bill Michaels (no relation to Al) joining the throng of writers here in the press box had a quip about new kicker Jeremy Knott, "He's got a live leg" bellowed Michaels after seeing Knott's field goal attempts sail through the uprights. I don't know much about kicking, but I do know that's coach speak for he can hit it quite a distance.
Truman Spencer's turn to work on special teams. Unlike last week, the first punt was not blocked (to the delight of Gary DeLoach) and went 45 yards. However Coach DeLoach won't like the second attempt. It resembled a Vizza 25-yard out pattern more than a punt as Spencer was forced to rush his second kick. Third times a charm. He hammers his third and final punt 55-yards (officially) as it goes through the endzone.
Our first head scratcher of the day. First-team offense called for delay of game...without the play clock working.
On third and short, the first-team offense attempts a bubble screen, but Craig Robertson gets his big paw up to knock down the pass.
As the drive stalls out at the 35-yard line, Knott comes on to try a 52-yard field goal. Plenty of leg, but he pushes it wide right. It''s gotten a little breezy, but I think the fact the officials failed to see the defense using 13 players had more to do with it. Still spring ball for the zebras too.
Things getting a bit feisty now. With the offense back on the field the hit of the spring was just deliverd by freshman Brendan Lamb. Not able to tell you who was on the receiving end of the hit but rest assured I'm positive he doesn't remember either. The very next play a small melee breaks out between the O and D-lines. And its not even two-a-days.
We've hit an all-time new high. Our blog is now getting so popular that stellar Fort-Worth beat writer Troy Phillips is now reading it and he's only five feet away.
As we move to kickoff coverage, junior Jamel Jackson, who had a nice return last week, I'm betting is going to discover the whirlpool after this scrimmage is done. Jackson, who has been identified as the recipient of the first devastating blow of the day, had a brief crease in the coverage before being tackled by Antoine Bush.
I know IHOP is right across the street, but there sure is a lot of scrambling going on. Tune escapes several would-be tacklers and gets outside of the pocket to find Rod Johnson for a 17-yard gain.
Tune continuing to get reps with the first-team. This time he probably wishes it wasn't against the first-team as Germaine Dawson comes from the weak side to drill Tune in the back and force an errant pass that was picked by A.J. Penson. Early returns through the first half of this scrimmage are lopsided, it's the defense in a landslide.
New fad sweeping the Division I ranks. Players tying their jerseys to their equipment as to blur the numbers of the jersey. Advice for next week's spring game, bring binoculars and a decoder to be able to figure out the numbers on the field.
Matt Phillips and his third-teamers are once again marching down the field. He just found Greg Brown for a 30-yard hookup to move into the redzone. Facing a critical third-down at the seven-yard line, Phillips rolls right and looks for Brown, but couldn't connect with him. I'm thinking Phillips needs to look for more of last week's third-team star receiver Chase Bain, (or as we call him on MeanGreenSports.com, McBain (for all you Simpsons fans).
Thomas Moreland comes on and connects on two straight from 24-yards out. Update from the scoreboard, Mean Green-0, Toppers-0.
Sam Roberson (or Chief as he is known for all you Somerville High School fans) just brought down a 27-yard catch in the corner of the endzone for his best grab of the day. Roberson had to lean back just a bit but came down for the score but to the dismay of all those here in the press box, no "OH ROBERSON" yell came from the crowd.
And with that the second spring scrimmage has come to a conclusion, at least the play calling version. A few lucky (or unluckly) groups are running sprints afterwards. Quick recap from today, after starting out strong the North Texas offense was pretty much held in check and the credit for that has to go to the defense. Individual standouts on defense were Dawson, Bush, and Penson. On offense, we will leave that to the experts (Coach Dodge) but if Roberson and Lewis continue to develop like this their potential is unlimited.
That's a wrap for the second installement of the MeanGreenSports.com live blog. There are just a few more practices before spring ball is over and don't forget next week on Saturday, April 12 at 2 p.m. its the Green and White game from Fouts Field. If you remember the crowd last year I would come early to get a good seat.