9:00-10:30 a.m. Rice Stadium
Days to Kickoff: 18
Current Owls Birthdays: none
Former Owls Birthdays: none.
In Brief: The Owls made what will become a
familiar trek down the ramp from the Patterson Center to the turf of Rice
Stadium for the first time on Saturday for the first scrimmage of their 2106
training camp. Mother Nature again proved kind, dismissing an early threat of a
shower while keeping a cover of clouds.
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Video Highlights: http://www.riceowls.com/collegesportslive/?media=534100
Stat(s) of the Day:
Douglas 1 INT; Brian Womac 1 Sack; Emmanuel
Ellerbe 1 PBU J.T. Ibe 1 PBU
Austin Walter 5 attempts/67 yds (1 TD); Darik Dillard 9 attempts/51 yds (2 TD);
Emmanuel Esukpa 9 attempts/34 yds (1 TD); Jowan Davis 9 attempts/28 yds (1 TD);
Tyler Stehling 5 attempts/14 yds; Nashon Ellerbe 1 attempts/13 yds; Jackson
Tyner 5 attempts/12 yds; Darrion Pollard 1 attempt/2 yds; J.T. Granato 2
attempts/0 yds; Sam Glaesmann 1 attempt/0 yds
Stehling 11-of-18, 123 yds, 1 TD; J.T. Granato 4-of-7, 64 yds, 1 TD, 1 Int.; Jackson
Tyner 6-of-10, 81 yds; Sam Glaesmann 3-of-6, 18 yds
Zach Wright 3-61 yds; Trevor Long 1-50 yds, 1 TD; Temi Alaka 2-38 yds, 1 TD; Darrion
Pollard 4-30 yds; Austin Walter 3-21 yds; Kylen Granson 1-17 yds; Cameron
Johnson 2-16 yds; Cameron Decell 1-13 yds; Darik Dillard 2-12 yds; T.J. Gotelli
1-11 yds; Emmanuel Esukpa 1-10 yds; Jordan Myers 2-7 yds; James Mayden 1-0 yds.
Jowan Davis 1 yd run; Darik Dillard 1 yd run; Emmanuel Esukpa 14 yd run; Austin
Walter 48 yd run; Tyler Stehling to Temi Alaka- 34 yds; Darik Dillard 27 yd run;
J.T. Granato to Trevor Long- 50 yds
of the Day:
Head Coach David Bailiff: (Overall) "We're right where we
need to be. As a head coach, you walk off this field pleased because you saw
success on both sides of the football. We had 100 plays and it was done with great
effort. When we grade this video, we're not going to see a lot of deductions
for lack of effort. For our first
scrimmage, we were extremely clean. We
saw early in this scrimmage where the defense was really dominating. The offense
kept chipping away and towards the end we were having some big offensive plays."
(Defense) "You have to remember that last year
so many of them were freshmen. Now they're
sophomores so they're growing up and maturing. They understand the game now.
When you're a freshmen and in two-a-days, the game is really fast. Now through
repetition and their hard work, it's slowing down for them and they are able to
make some plays and do some things that we were not capable of doing last year."
(Quarterbacks)"I thought Tyler Stehling kept
getting better throughout the scrimmage. I thought Jackson Tyner was very
consistent with his play. J.T. Granato
started a little slow but as the scrimmage went on he hit a rhythm. No doubt that Tyler is our starter and the
next two are competing for that second spot."
(Offensive Line) "I thought the offensive line
performed well with their protections> I've been really encouraged by the
second offensive line. We're going to have some quality depth if we need
it. Right now, Isaiah Edwards is running
at two at tackle, but he can also move over to play guard. Joseph Dill is a
true freshman but he's already in the two-deep on the second offensive line."
(Moving from here) "This next week is when roles
are starting to be developed, first team, second team, who's being redshirted,
who's getting on the bus and who is going to play. This next week is a critical
week for us. Some of the guys will be
happy with the roles they have after this week, some of them won't. You'll see
an uptick of effort and guys competing to try and climb that depth chart."
Offensive Guard Peter Godber: "It's exciting for me personally (to
scrimmage today), because all during camp, the defense has been saying 'you
hold all the time'. Being able to really hit someone today and seeing that it's
not a hold--I never got called today--was exciting for me. I'm from Canada so
this (weather) is what I am used to. This is the way football should be played."
Post Scrimmage: Another tradition, as Coach Bailiff and the Owls entertained a
group of former lettermen and other supporters of the program for lunch. Later on Saturday, the team will join with members
of the soccer and volleyball teams to host Owl fans at the second annual Fan
Next: Sunday is
traditionally a day off, but from many of the Owls, they'll be getting in an
additional lifting session as they help move in the 2016 freshman class which
also heralds the beginning of O-Week on campus.