FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2006
Football preseason camp: Scrimmage #1

Aug. 18, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Dolphin defense stepped up its play in the past few days of practice and it continued in the first scrimmage of the season, Friday afternoon after a one-hour rain delay at D.B. Milne Field. The offense scored three touchdowns during the session and both sides of the ball played several young players to get the first glimpse of live action. The following is some highlights and quotes from Scrimmage #1:

Statistically, freshman running back Ron Harris led the offense with 10 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Jerry Brant finished with eight carries for 61 yards and senior running back Bryan Gamble added eight carries for 47 yards and a touchdown. Freshman fullback Dustin Smith also rushed for a touchdown. Freshman quarterback Chad Belcher led the unit with 36 yards on three carries. All four quarterback threw between 20-30 yards in the air with less than 10 attempts. Sophomore receiver Geavon Tribble led the unit with six catches for 71 yards.

Offensive Coordinator Andy McLeod: "I think the main concern we have is how flat we came out today. I don't know if it had to do with the rain delay or the fact that we are in the last days of camp. I'm very interested to see the tape so I can find out where the mistakes were coming from.

"This was a good opportunity for our young guys though. We are trying to evaluate their talent level to see if there is anyone who can contribute to the squad this season, and I'm happy about what I saw. I think the fact that so many young guys were out there, hurt the timing of the offense. We needed to get a look at the young guys and they have earned the right to go out there and show what they can do."

On defense, sophomore Aaron Woods, freshman linebacker Allen Fennell and senior corner Bryan Flowers each intercepted a pass. Junior linebacker Joey Rumph led the squad with six tackles and two sacks. Freshman linebacker Todd Copeland also recorded six tackles. Freshman defensive end Sean Davis, junior defensive end Mirco Zanella, freshman strong safety Jacob Woods, sophomore linebacker Winston Ward and Rumph each recorded sacks. Freshman corner Kyle Fail and freshman defensive end William McDonald each broke up a pass.

Defensive Coordinator Craig Hauser: Overall, I'm pleased with the way the first unit played today. They got all three of the turnovers and we set a goal to create at least three turnovers everyday. Last year, we only had five interceptions the whole season so the fact that we got three today is very encouraging. We flew around the ball today and we only had one blown call that stands out to me right now.

"The second and third groups are a bunch of young guys and they we're very spotty today. Some guys came out and showed me some things, and as a group, the young guys gave a good effort. We have some problems with positioning and getting off of blocks. It was good to see these guys play live and get their first eye opener. We still have a long way to go."

The Dolphins will have a light walk through on Saturday at 11 a.m. and will be off on Sunday.

Key Dates:

August 21 - First day of classes
September 2 - First game vs. Gardner-Webb at 7:30 p.m.