Saturday News and Notes

 

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Here we are a week from the annual spring game and it appears much work still needs to be done before Purdue comes a calling on September 4th.  Today offered the media a look at the Irish scrimmage on the practice field, via twitter here is how it sounded it went down.

Brian Kelly is anything but satisfied with the offense as they enter the final week of spring camp.  Early on in practice he was said to be getting very upset at the offense, specifically Dayne Crist for not leading the offense the way he should be.  

The Irish offense was shut out by the defense in today's scrimmage, 14-0.  The scores came on a backwards pass that Cierre Wood sounds to have given up on, giving Jamoris Slaughter a chance to pick up the ball and return it for a touchdown.  Robert Blanton later returned an intercepted Tommy Rees pass for a touchdown to get the score to 14-0.

Other things that stuck out to me:

The first team offense was at one point unable to convert a fourth and one against the second team defense as Robert Hughes was stuffed for no gain.  I understand its a scrimmage and an entirely new offense is being put in but there isn't a real learning curve to a halfback dive...especially against a second team defense.  Let's just hope its a not a sign of things to come in short yardage situations this fall.

Duval Kamara dropped an open pass that would have given the offense a new set of downs at one point today.  Not exactly shocking after seeing how his last two season's have gone, Brian Kelly called him out today by telling him to "act like a senior and make the play" while Deion Walker was also cited for a bad drop in practice.

Tai-ler Jones received much playing time with the first team offense today.  If Kamara continues to have a case of the drops then Jones could very likely be called upon to try and fill that void.

Michael Floyd didn't espcape criticism by the sounds of it as he was berated by Kelly for not diving into the endzone.  Instead Floyd tried to outrun a defender who in turn knocked him out of bounds.

Manti T'eo and Anthony McDonald appear to be the two starters at inside linebacker for the Irish as we enter the final week of the spring.  Brian Smith splitting out wide as well at times from the outside linebacker position.

Brian Kelly has a busy day planned as he will be the best man in his brothers wedding this afternoon

 

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