Notes from the Dade County Scrimmage
I know you are all eager to hear details from this morning’s scrimmage so here are a few notes, pictures, and later on, videos. Eye of the Hurricane will have a full recap of the scrimmage from the infamous and very cranky and tired blogger, The Truth, coming soon.
Our defense is, um, scary. Intense. Hyped. Fired up. A few times I thought Ray Ray Armstrong might come over and scream in my face too. The intensity was evidenced in some HARD hits (like you could hear the “SMACK” from a mile away) from guys like Marcus Robinson, Ramon Buchanan, and especially Jordan Futch. I got goosebumps hearing how amped they were. It bodes well that they can channel that aggression against our toothless trailer-dwelling neighbors to the north in November.
- Jacory Harris had a really good game. Is he the best QB? The jury is really out. Most of us can agree that Stephen Morris has the better arm and is more of a raw talent but with less experience. Today Jacory made some excellent throws and scrambled a bit as well. Morris had an amazing throw but a terrible interception. The defense also racked up some sacks.
- Tommy Streeter is REALLY GOOD. Not sure how someone can cover this guy if he manages to do his job. As Jacory Harris said in his interview after practice, “When Streeter is on, he can’t be stopped.” Let’s hope the new regime can keep the Streeter switch permanently on.
- On injuries: As said above, the defense was all riled up and registered some really hard hits. The hit on Mike James had Don Bailey Jr. and I concerned he had a concussion. Looks like he just got his bell rung as he was later yelling at his teammates from the sidelines and jumping up and down. Golden stated in his post-scrimmage interview that Laron Byrd, Marcus Robinson, and James were all fine. I didn’t see Byrd after the scrimmage but I did see Robinson limping off the field with his left ankle taped up. As our former coach would say, he got “nicked.”
- Field goals were much better. Not time to stop worrying entirely about this unit, but they are improving.
- Overall, the most important thing I took from this scrimmage came from the mouth of Jacory Harris. He talked about how a lot of times when there is a coaching change, players will rebel. He talked about how the team has really embraced Coach Golden’s mission and are behind him and have taken on his goals as their own (I’m paraphrasing, but you get the idea). Look for continued improvement on offense and defense next weekend at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale after these boys get a few more practices under their belts.