Monday, May 5, 2008

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over at have compiled a most excellent list of the spring game breakdowns:

Big East
Big 12
Pac 10

A few of the more prominent ones that we care about:

In the team’s final scrimmage of the spring season, the defense more than held its own against quarterback Sam Bradford and company, scoring three times on three ‘pick sixes’. Soon-to-be starting cornerback Dominique Franks kicked off the pick six parade with a 57-yarder off of Bradford and then added two other interceptions on the day. The secondary has the most holes to fill on this squad; considering the fact Franks and fellow corner Jonathan Nelson (an 81-yard interception for a touchdown) had strong days spoke volumes as to why head coach Bob Stoops felt so good about his back four.


The buzz in Columbia is as loud as it’s ever been and it was evident for the spring game – televised on ESPNU with over 26,000 in attendance. What they saw was nearly the same thing they saw at the end of the 2007 season and a 71-28 win for the offense. Heisman candidate Chase Daniel was his usual prolific self, completing 22 of 28 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns. And, in another non-surprise, wide receiver Jemery Maclin had six receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown. However, the defense took some hits this spring, in particular linebacker Van Alexander who went down with a torn knee ligament.

West Virginia
When the proverbial lights went on in Morgantown, the star-studded offense turned it up a couple of notches, piling up 336 yards of total offense in the team’s annual Blue-Gold spring game. Heisman candidate Pat White completed 12 of 16 passes for 133 yards, while quicksilver running back Noel Devine averaged nearly seven yards per carry on his six carries. The defensive star of the day was Najee Goode who led the defense with ten tackles.

The annual Trojan Huddle end-of-spring intrasquad game went to overtime, a fantastic finish to a competitive spring. The White emerged victorious 39-36 over the Cardinal squad after receiver Travon Patterson caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Corp. Most of the eyes in the house were on the three quarterbacks battling for the starting position. Mark Sanchez was stellar, completing 16 of 24 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns, while Arkansas transfer Mitch Mustain completed six of ten for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Corp might have had the best day of all, completing 13 of 16 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner.

Ohio State
Over 76,000 people packed the ‘Shoe to watch the Scarlet beat the Gray 20-7 in the annual spring game. All-Big Ten candidate Brian Hartline was the offensive star for the Scarlet team, catching six passes for 82 yards, half of quarterback Todd Boeckman’s 12 completions. A 48-yard toss from Boeckman to Hartline put the Scarlet offense in the position for the first touchdown of the day. Dan Herron hit paydirt on a three-yard touchdown run to seal the deal for the Scarlet team on the rain filled day in Columbus.

With most of the starters playing for the Cardinal team, the outcome of the annual Cardinal and White game was predictable – a Cardinal 28-3 win. Quarterback Allan Evridge finally has a starting job and finished the game seven of 12 for 137 yards, but with one interception. Running back Lance Smith ran for just under 100 yards, but split time with both Cardinal and White throughout the game. Head coach Bret Bielema was happy with a thin defensive unit that only gave up two touchdowns on the day.

All-ACC candidate Cullen Harper led Orange squad to a 16-7 victory over the White in the annual Clemson Spring Game. Harper completed 13 of 18 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns. While running back James Davis and receiver Jacoby Ford sat out the scrimmage, star receiver Aaron Kelly had a solid outing catching eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.

Virginia Tech
One year after the tragic events of the spring of 2007, the Hokies took the field in the annual Maroon and White spring contest, as the starting quarterback tete-a-tete continued. Quarterback Sean Glennon led the Maroon squad to a 24-3 win, hooking up with receiver Brandon Dillard for a 25 yard score in the first half. Dillard also had a 49 yard run on a reverse to set up the Maroon team’s first touchdown. Rising sophomore quarterback Tyrod Taylor struggled throughout the day for the White, throwing one interception and getting sacked three times.

The annual G-Day game had some unexpected rain showers, but the rain held off long enough for the Red to beat the Black 17-3. Quarterback Matt Stafford kicked off the scoring, completing a 30-yard pass to receiver Michael Moore for the Red team that had the first team offense and the second team defense. The Black offense was led by running back Caleb King who ran for 31 yards on only six carries. UGA fans have waited an entire season to see King, who was one of the top recruits in the class of 2006.

Although Tim Tebow got Erin Andrews attention, it was the jitterbug from Lakeland who had everyone else’s. Running back Chris Rainey made his presence known in front of a national television audience and helped lead the Blue to a 28-14 win over the Orange in the annual Orange and Blue Debut. He accounted for 76 yards rushing and one touchdown through the air, in which he embarrassed the Orange secondary with his jock-dropping quickness. Tebow, albeit on a day he was sick as could be, completed 13 of 21 for 200 yards and two touchdowns.

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