Ohio Football Scrimmage Notebook

The Ohio Bobcats had their first full-contact scrimmage Tuesday afternoon, giving a lot of the young players their first chance to show their skills at full-speed, while veteran players get an opportunity to jockey for more playing time.

Here is what I took out of my trip to Peden:

Defense dominates

Although many starters on both sides of the ball sat out, and many veteran players only played a couple of drives, the defense really impressed me whether it was first-string or third-string. The offense only had one scoring drive on the afternoon, led by the second unit. The linemen and linebackers handled the run very well, filling holes quickly and giving the running backs fits. The secondary made the quarterbacks and receivers earn every catch. It was a fine display of the defensive depth that the team will have the next few years.

Offense faster than a speeding bullet

While the defense won the day, the offense wasn’t unpolished by any stretch. From top to bottom, they played very fast, taking an average of 10 seconds between plays when running their no-huddle. The Bobcats gained an edge by playing so quickly in 2011, and they look to exploit it more in 2012.

Daz’mond Gets His Work In

Of the 2012 recruiting class, running back Daz’mond Patterson may be the most intriguing player in my opinion. Listed at just 5-foot-6 and 178 pounds, he looks like the kind of player that has no right playing in the FBS. But judging by the reps he got with the first-team, (Ryan Boykin and Beau Blankenship sat out) it seems like he may be the one carrying the running game a few years from now. His size gives him a low center of gravity and an ability to fit in holes that your prototypical 6-foot, 200 pound running back can’t. Fans will want to keep an eye on his progress.

On working with

“It was a chance for me to show everyone that I am ready to be out there in a game situation. Coach gave me the ball a lot, a bunch of plays in a row. And then when I was tired, I got the ball again. It was a test to see if I was ready. We’ll see if it pays off.”

Derrius Vick Improves

Following the¬†transfer¬†of Kyle Snyder, sophomore quarterback Derrius Vick (no relation to Michael or Marcus) is now the No. 2 behind Tyler Tettleton. He looked a bit lost in practices at times last year, but he has gradually built up his athletic frame and played in Tuesday’s scrimmage with plenty of confidence. His throws were more sharp and didn’t let the relentless defensive pressure get to him too much. If he continues to improve, life after Tettleton may not be as bad as originally thought.

On his throwing:

“I came in last year just hoping I could complete the pass, but this year I have a better grasp on the offense and it seems slower and I can make plays when I need to.”

The Bobcats have one more scrimmage before the start of the season, and then their first regular season game on September 1 at Penn State.