Days to Kickoff: 14
Current Owls Birthdays: None
Former Owls Birthdays: All SWC guard Leo Rucka, who lettered from 1951-53, Donald Gee, an end and letterman in 1955, George Alexander, who earned three letters at end from 1965-67 and Ron Holiday, an end who lettered for the Owls in 1965.
In Brief: With two weeks to go before the 2016 season opens at Western Kentucky, the Owls held their second and final full scrimmage of training camp at Rice stadium. After dodging rain for the last several days, the Owls were able to complete all their work, then enjoyed the heavy showers that rolled through during lunch from the safety of the Patterson Center.
Scoring Plays: Individual stats from today's scrimmage are not available, but here are the scoring plays:
Tyler Stehling to Zach Wright 22-yard TD
Stehling to Z. Wright 12-yard TD
Nahshon Ellerbe 12-yd run
Nahshon Elleber 7-yd run
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After: The scrimmage was officiated by a crew from Conference USA and afterwards, the officials reviewed various rule changes for the upcoming season as well as cleared up any questions on existing rules.
Quotes of the Day:
Head Coach David Bailiff: (General comments on scrimmage are on the highlight video above) "There are some freshmen who are on the two-deep. They're not ready to start but there's some guys who can help us this year with depth. I'd love to redshirt everybody but (I'm) not sure we will be able to do that this year. Joseph Dill is one in the offensive line. He's 6-6, 360 and is athletic. He's very instinctual about the game and is somebody who could get in the rotation. D'Angelo (Evans), he's one where nothing about him says 'freshman' about D. There are about five of them we are looking at. We're going to meet with them after we grade this video and talk to the freshmen class about what we see their role are.
Linebacker Emanuel Ellerbee: "'I'm trying to be the best guy I can be to help out all of my teammates around me. Alex Lyons is a guy who has been here for the longest amount of time. Raising my level of play to match him is something I have always shot for. So now I have become the mature guy and I am looking at guys who are freshmen who are in my same shoes, trying to make the bus. It's kind of a different role, to get them to learn the defense and start the maturing process. (on taking over as the starter after Tabari McGaskey moved to safety) It was a boost of confidence, but it also gives me a level of expectations I need to reach because we have a competitive nature between Alex, Tabari and myself. We're always trying to be the best we can be. Those guys are like my big brothers, so for me to be able to play on the field with them, I'm honored. I've looked up to them since I have been here, so now it's like it's time for me to stop being the little brother, but come and join the big ranks."
Up Next: With the freshmen going through registration and picking up their books first thing in the morning, Friday's practice slides back to start at 9:30.