Went to the Mott thing today. After last year's relatively interesting scrimmage they went back to a no-pads situational walkthrough that was a lot of punting and field goals. Irritating. They did do a couple of two-minute drills on which they went full offense and defense that were illuminating.
Things I gathered:
1. Gibbons was automatic until the field goals got out to 54 yards, at which point he and Wile took turns missing. Had range out to 49 easy.
2. Kenny Allen keeps booming punts. Wile is so consistent though that I think it'll be hard to take the job away. Both kicking spots are in very good hands.
3. They showed a spread punt, then would motion into a conventional punt. Trolling Brian? They did kick from the spread a couple times but the personal protectors didn't close ranks after the snap went through... looked dangerous.
4. Stribling and De'Veon Smith were heavily involved in kick coverage teams to the point where it seems unlikely they'll redshirt. Gedeon got on the field in special teams but only late, seemingly as a third-teamer. I think both LBs will redshirt.
5. Shallman, Avery, and Gant were off to the side doing rehab-type exercises with Wellman. Shallman had a big brace and was walking with a limp. That's a boo-boo that seemed like it would take some time to heal. Redshirt likely. Avery has his chronic back thing, so I assume that's just the usual with him. They had Shallman drag a rather large cart in with a big rope.
6. In the two minute drill the line was Lewan-Glasgow-Miller-Kalis-Schofield. When the second team came in it was Braden-Bryant-Burzynski-Gunderson-Magnunson. Looks like all the freshman OL are headed for redshirts, and that Braden is no longer a serious consideration at guard. I think Miller will win the C job even if Bryant comes through because they can't trust his health yet.
7. Gardner was awesome. He fired balls in inch-perfect, hit a lovely fade over the top to a diving Chesson, and just looked killer. Morris alternated excellent throws with horrible stuff, including a pick way wide of his intended target and a crazy sidearm panicked hurl that was reminiscent of freshman Mallett. But he also threw some beautiful balls, a couple on the run.
Gardner was *awesome*.
8. Butt had a great catch and run, but bobbled and dropped an easier one. Reynolds made a nice leaping catch on Gardner's only iffy throw of the day, a short hitch that sailed on him.
9. They held Gordon and Avery out. It was Furman and Wilson with the first team and Clark and Hill with the second at S. Assume that's because Avery and Gordon have won jobs.
10. They ran mostly nickel, which featured Clark-ROTATING-Black-Beyer on the line, with Glasgow and Wormley rotating through there amongst a couple others. Countess folded inside to nickel with Hollowell and Channing Stribling at the corners. Taylor was second team with Jourdan Lewis and Thomas at nickel. It really looks like Stribling's going to play.
11. Holowell looked good. Hard to get separation from him.
12. Gardner was awesome.
13. Norfleet and Dileo were the only punt returners, looks like Gallon has retired there. Norfleet didn't screw up any catches or decisions not to catch in a half-dozen chances. FWIW.
14. Wormley got some good pressure when he was in. No pads, so tough to tell if that's meaningful.
15. Ryan didn't do anything but was walking around without a brace or limp.
16. Both Smith and Green are very impressive physically. Green's arms are the size of legs. Hard to tell anything about them in passing drills. Toussaint got one carry on which he made a really quick cut upfield; Morgan was right there, though.
17. They drilled pistol snaps and shotgun as much as under center, and from the shotgun they ran veer handoffs on which a GA would come upfield or not, thus determining who would keep the ball. So the inverted veer lives and the pistol is happening.