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:
Stehling to Zach Wright 22-yard TD
Z. Wright 12-yard TD
Ellerbe 12-yd run
Elleber 7-yd run
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.
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."
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.