April 25, 2009
ATHENS, Ohio-The Ohio football squad completed its spring Saturday with a modified scrimmage at Peden Stadium.
Two touchdowns were scored, one on a one-yard touchdown run by running back Vince Davidson (Dayton, N.J.), while running back Devin Favors (Liberty Township, Ohio) posted the other with a four-yard jaunt of his own. Favors led the Bobcats with 42 yards rushing on six carries, while Davidson had nine carries for 25 yards.
Quarterback Boo Jackson (Gardena, Ca.) completed four of his six passes for 61 yards, while Theo Scott (Long Beach, Ca.) connected on two of his four attempts for 28 yards. Brandon Jones (Marietta, Ga.) and Philip Bates (Omaha, Neb.) combined to complete three of seven throws for 28 yards.
Ohio’s quarterbacks completed passes to seven different receivers, with wideouts Terrence McCrae (Vanderbilt, Pa.) and Bakari Bussey (West Chester, Ohio) catching two apiece. LaVon Brazill (Lantana, Fla.) had the longest catch of the day, a 31-yarder from Jackson.
Safety Donovan Fletcher (Youngstown, Pa.) had four tackles, including a sack for the defense, while safety Hilton Dawson III (Compton, Ca.), linebackers Erik Benjamin (Grove City, Ohio), Chad Clemens (Dayton, Ohio) and Melvin Payne (Mobile, Ala.) all had three stops. In all, the defense had six tackles for loss, which included additional sacks by defensive lineman Dak Notestine (Bellefontaine, Ohio) and linebacker Brandon Weaver (Washington, Pa.). Defensive lineman Jeff King (Cincinnati, Ohio) also had a fumble recovery late in the action.
Head coach Frank Solich
I was pleased with what we saw out of our receiving corps, and I think they’re working hard to improve their blocking. They’ll have to do that to help our running game. The quarterback situation is still open because we haven’t had enough reps for one guy to distinguish himself. We like the fact that we have several experienced guys who can make plays. That will go into fall camp. We got a lot of work for young linemen this spring, and I was somewhat impressed with what they were able to do. Defensively, we played well at times. We need to make sure that we can play solid, consistent defensive football. I like what (kicker) Matt Weller did this spring. He has the kind of leg to kick the ball high and deep, which is something we haven’t had for a while. Not a bad spring, though I was disappointed with the amount of injuries we sustained. I’m looking forward to the fall and getting a team that’s healthy again.
On some of the younger players who advanced most during the spring:
On the offensive line, Vince Carlotta did a really nice job, and Eric Herman was coming along nicely. John Flowers showed a lot of improvement. Bakari Bussey showed well at wide receiver this spring. He has size and the ability to make some excellent catches. There are several other guys who are worthy of mention, but we would be here a long time if I touched on them all.
Rising junior safety Donovan Fletcher
On the performance of the defense on Saturday:
We came together, but we still have room to improve. Personally, I have to improve on my footwork, because I felt myself mixing that up a little toady.
On his development during spring practice:
I just have to keep improving. I still have a lot of work to do, and I just want to make sure I continue to have the drive to improve myself.
On playing at game speed on Saturday:
It’s always great to get in that mindset. We were attacking the ball faster and being more aggressive.
Rising junior running back Devin Favors
On scoring a touchdown in Saturday’s spring game:
We don’t get that many reps in practice, and I just try to take advantage of the ones I get. I just run, and I have pretty good vision.
Rising senior quarterback Theo Scott
On his performance on Saturday:
I think I did OK. This is a situation where you get limited plays, and you have to make the best of it. I just went out and had a good time. I take my hat off to the offensive linemen today. They did a great job.
On playing at game speed on Saturday:
It felt good to get out there. It’s been a long time – since September. I was able to get out there and feel everybody out. I’m just having a good time right now. It can feel rusty when you haven’t done something for so long, but I feel great.
On competing for the quarterback position during spring camp:
Healthy competition is always good because it makes you step up your game a little more. You can’t just sit back and relax. Every quarterback we have was pretty good this spring, and we’re looking forward to continuing that into the fall.