Aug. 22, 2009
ATHENS, Ohio-The Ohio football squad scrimmaged for the second time Saturday afternoon at Peden Stadium.
Running backs Donte Harden (Erie, Pa.) and Vince Davidson (Dayton, N.J.) combined for 32 yards on 11 carries, while quarterback Phil Bates (Omaha, Neb.) rushed twice for 17 yards.
Quarterback Theo Scott (Long Beach, Ca.) led the Bobcats through the air, completing seven of nine passes for 34 yards, while fellow signal-caller Tyler Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) completed two passes for 38 yards. Ohio quarterbacks completed passes to seven different receivers, with LaVon Brazill’s (Lantana, Fla.) three grabs for 20 yards leading the way. Bakari Bussey (West Chester, Ohio) also snared a pair of passes for 31 yards.
Defensively, linebacker Chad Clemens (Dayton, Ohio) was all over the field, posting 12 tackles, which included two tackles for loss with one sack. Fellow linebacker Melvin Payne (Mobile, Ala.) had four stops and a tackle for loss, while safety Hilton Dawson III (Compton, Ca.) recorded four tackles, including two tackles for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery. Cornerback Billy Gonzales-Santos (Bonney Lake, Wa.) also picked off a pass, while corner Kenny Jackson (Youngstown, Ohio) returned his interception 38 yards for a touchdown.
As a unit, the defense amassed 14 tackles for loss, which included five sacks.
The Bobcats will continue fall camp with practice on Monday.
Head Coach Frank Solich
On the team’s health:
They’re banged up, and they’re also a little tired. The defense is a little tired but they played through it. We’ll be backing off here as we start to get closer to the game, which I think will start to get our guys completely healthy…those that have minor bumps and bruises. I think right now we’re about where you think you’d be with the number of practices we’ve had in a row without any days off and all the contact we’ve had in terms of the health of the football team. We’ll back off here as far as major contact to get guys healthy.
Cornerback Kenny Jackson
On the interception return for touchdown:
Coach had his defensive call ready and the ball was pretty much thrown to me. I made a good, clean break and caught the ball, looked to take it to the end zone and got in there.
On the defense:
I think this year is a lot different. We’re a lot deeper. The whole team is ready to go. Right now, it’s not really about what spot you’re in and where you’re playing when you get in. It’s about being ready to make a play when you get in and that’s what the whole defense is ready to do. The d-line, secondary, middle linebackers and outside linebackers are ready, all the way around. I think it goes back to the coaches and the older guys getting the younger guys ready. They’re more experienced and they know exactly where to be. They’re taking the role as coaches too, as far as getting everyone ready. Steve Jackson told me when I wasn’t in…it’s not about when you’re in, it’s what you’re going to do when you’re in.
On the competitiveness of the two scrimmages:
It’s exciting. We’re running around and flying around, ready to make contact. We’re focused and ready for the season. We’re taking it a day at a time.