"Separation Saturday" was the theme for Saturday's first scrimmage of the Rice Owls 2010 training camp, as David Bailiff and staff challenged the younger Owls to take advantage of the opportunity to shine during an hour of live action.
Charles Ross made an early impression , showing the same cutback ability he showcased last year against Vanderbilt , turning a screen pass from Taylor Cook into a 60-yard gain to set up the first touchdown of the day.
Shane Turner completed that scoring drive and added a second score later during the Red Zone portion of the scrimmage. Cook tossed a short scoring pass to tight end Luke Willson, who saw extensive action after Bailiff and staff made the decision to limit Vance McDonald's participation.
McDonald wasn't alone in seeing limited reps as the coaches used the live action as a chance to evaluate the roster and see where the "separation" would occur.
After breaking down the video of the morning scrimmage, the Owls will be back on the field later on Saturday for a short workout to go over corrections from the morning work. They will take tomorrow off in terms of on-field work, but will gather at 9 a.m. to perform their annual duties of helping the incoming freshman class of undergraduates move into their respective colleges in advance of the start of O-Week 2010.
Look for photos and video later tomorrow....