Thursday, August 21, 2008

A More Reserved Second Scrimmage for WMU Football

Courtesy: Mat Kanan, director of athletic media relations

Release: 08/19/2008

Michigan football held its second and final scrimmage of the preseason on Tuesday afternoon with most of the reserves handling most of the snaps. The defense pinned backs its ears for most of the afternoon, accounting for 8.0 sacks and a interception return for a touchdown off a tipped pass.
Tim Hiller worked very lightly during Tuesday afternoon's scrimmage. He led an opening drive for a score when he found tight end Chad Baliko in the back of the end zone. Later in scoring zone drills, Hiller connected with Deshon Lawrence for an 18-yard score on fourth down.
Robert Arnheim and Alex Carder worked most of the afternoon with ARnheim completing 5-of-11 passes for 17 yards and Carder making good on half of his attempts for 65 yards and a touchdown. His scoring toss lofted over the defender and into the arms of Patrick Lefere in the corner of the end zone 37 yards later.
WMU's defense acted, well like WMU's defense. Six different defenders account for at least half of a sack with Greg Marshall registering 2.5 sacks and Zach Davidson accounting to 2.0 sacks of his own. Also joining in were Matt Pickens, Justin Braska and Shaun Vernon with a sack apiece and Fernand Kashama with a half a sack.
Londen Fryar scored on a pick screen when fellow senior Nick Varcadipane tipped an attempted screen pass right to the waiting cornerback.
During field goal drills, John Potter made good on his first two attempts but the line broke through on the third for a block. Harrison Porter recovered the fumble and looked to be heading down the sideline for a score. Potter cleaned up by finishing the play with a text book tackle, much to the delight of the fans in attendance.
Western Michigan will have one more two-a-day session on Wednesday followed by a night practice under the lights on Thursday and a morning practice on Friday before breaking camp. Preparation for Nebraska officially begins on Sunday, Aug. 24 as game week is upon us.
Coach Cubit's first press luncheon of the season will be available to all Bronco Insider subscribers on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 26). A transcript of the press conference will be available on on Tuesday afternoon as well.

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