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Saturday Morning Georgetown Football Scrimmage

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Could you make the argument that there are better things to do on a Saturday morning/afternoon than watch college football? Yes.

Would you be wrong? Most likely.

Some who would agree with me, included some Georgetown football alums like last year's No. 35 jersey honoree Robert Lane. Also, a few VIP's like Dr. Daniel Porterfield, Georgetown's Senior VP for Strategic Development and Mark Rountree the Associate AD for Compliance. Chuck Timanus, the voice of Georgetown football over the past seven seasons and WGTB Radio's John Kenchelian were out among the crowd.

Moving to the field of practice, today marked some of the first live hitting the squad has done, as the two week countdown to the season-opener at Davidson on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. (You can catch all the action here on GUHoyas.com). It was a great opportunity for the 100 or so in attendance to get a sneak preview of what the 2010 Hoyas should look like: (Highlights after the jump)
Now to the important stuff...My Highlights (Kinda like SportsCenter, but with words instead of moving pictures...)

Within the span of three plays Soph. WR Jamal Davis made his presence felt. As Jeremiah Kayal ran after a catch, Davis laid a crushing block on fellow freshman DB Malcolm Caldwell-Meeks to spring Kayal for extra yardage down the sideline. Two plays later Davis hauled in a 30 yard touchdown pass on a beautifully thrown ball by Scott Darby for the first touchdown of the morning.

In a goal line situation for the second team offense, freshman RB Brandon Durham took a reverse and sprinted untouched into the end zone for a score. Durham, listed at 5'7 170 is by no means a big bruising tailback, but he can get to outside pretty quickly.

Speaking of quick, Chancellor Logan has been having a great camp and has shown plenty of quickness today. After Logan caught a short pass and made several people miss for a sizable gain, Timanus commented, "if he stays healthy, Logan could be the key to this offense."

Phillip Oladeji, the Hoyas starter at tailback, made several strong runs and showed good hands, but his play of the day may have been a great block on junior defense end Andrew Schaetzke on a play fake that gave Darby time to find junior tight end Michael McIntyre in the back of the end zone for the Hoyas third score of the morning.

During the two-minute drill portion of practice Kempf got things started, working with the first team offense quickly moving the ball down inside the 20 yard line. But on third down, junior safety David Quintero made a diving interception in the end zone to save offensive points.

Darby and John O'Leary hooked up on a nice 20+ yard completion to move the ball inside the defense's 35 yard line, but were stalled after a few dropped passes.

The netting behind the goal posts may be too low for Brett Weiss and Matt MacZura. The two kicked a few extra points and field goals over the netting near Reynolds Hall, dangerously close to some campus tours. I wonder if getting hit with an extra point would make a prospective student more interested in coming to Georgetown?

Weiss, a transfer from University of Maryland and member of the Georgetown men's lacrosse team showed off his range, connecting on a 40+ yarder. He could be dangerous for the Hoyas this year.

"The kicking game was terrific," Kelly said. "Brett Weiss is an awesome kicker. He did an excellent job on the kickoffs, same thing on the field goals, so we feel a lot better about our special teams than we did last year."

Both Coach Kelly and new offensive coordinator David Patenaude have spoken of the high expectations they have for senior SLOT Keerome Lawrence this season. The thought of him being one of the most dynamic playmakers in the Patriot League is not an outlandish thought for the senior from New Haven, Conn. He has flashed some of the big play ability throughout, making people miss to pick up big yards.

Late in the scrimmage he found the end zone, hauling in a 21 yard pass from Isaiah Kempf for the Hoyas fourth and final touchdown of the morning.

Following the scrimmage Head Coach Kevin Kelly had this to say: "I thought the effort was excellent. The enthusiasm is great and I feel a better vibration than I have in the past. I thought the offense looked very good today. On defense, we worked out a lot of young guys today and they missed some tackles, which usually happens in the first scrimmage because it's been more tag up in practice."

Unrelated Non-Football Notes: I wanted to send a shout out to Barbara Jonas, who is getting married in Milwaukee, Wisconsin today. The next time we see her here on the Hilltop she will be Barbara Barnes, which has gotten people at McDonough Arena talking about possible new nicknames. I've heard BB (pronounced BeeBee), I've heard Double-B, but my personal favorite, used first by men's soccer coach Brian Wiese is BaBar (like the cartoon elephant). I'll probably refer to her as this and I would suggest everyone reading this does the same! babar1.jpg

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