Aug. 12, 2013
The Rice Owls turned up the intensity of training camp up a notch on Monday morning with their first scrimmage of 2013 inside Rice Stadium and head coach David Bailiff said it was obvious the players were excited to engage on some full contact action.
"I thought we came out here and scrimmaged with a purpose to get this football team better," Bailiff said. "It was the first time we've had full tackling during camp and we had some missed tackles early as guys adjusted to the speed but we improved as the scrimmage went on."
The Owls offense scored six touchdowns and added a pair of field goals during the live action, while the Owls defense came up with a pair of turnovers. Taylor McHargue threw for three of the touchdowns, a 23-yarder to Dennis Parks, a 28-yarder to Jordan Taylor and a 65-yard strike to Donte Moore, who added a second TD on a six-yard toss from Driphus Jackson. Jackson opened the scoring with a short toss to running back Darik Dillard while true freshman running back Jawon Davis capped the scoring and a series of impressive runs of his own with a short scoring burst.
"I thought they came out here with a great deal of enthusiasm and passion and it was a lot of fun," Bailiff noted. "We had too many offensive penalties, but most of them were procedural which you almost expect the first time you are competing this hard. We'll get those ironed out. I was pleased with the effort on offense. We had some big plays and were also able to sustain some drives. We had to kick too may field goals and we have to work on finishing our drives."
"Defensively we had two takeaways. We gave up too many big plays, but I loved the effort."
After the scrimmage, Bailiff had the officials working the scrimmage address the team to give further insight to several new rule changes for the 2013 season, with particular emphasis on the new targeting rules.
"We are telling the if you can't see it, you shouldn't hit it." Bailiff explained. "They need to keep their head up. We're cognizant of the new rules and working really hard to make sure our players understand what targeting is. We're trying to educate them the best we can. It's important to keep these players safe. "
After reviewing the video from the morning scrimmage, the Owls will be back on the practice field late this afternoon to review the morning action with the players and make corrections for any issues from the morning.