Saturday, April 11, 2009

Early edition: Saturday scrimmage notes

Here's the early edition from this morning's scrimmage. More to come:

  • Jasper Howard managed to get himself kicked out of practice for the day after an interception of Zach Frazer and 60 yard return for a touchdown. Getting a 15-yard penalty for excessive celebration will do that. Howard pulled an unnecessary leap over the goal line and tumbled into the end zone. Surprise, surprise. It didn't go over well with the head coach. The wide smile on Howard's face further infuriated Edsall. "You're done for the day, No. 6!" Edsall screamed. "Act like you've played the game before! Take your pads off and get out!" Howard, as he was jogging off toward the locker room, muttered, "They still can't touch me."

  • Jordan Todman also got booted. After being stopped short on a third-down run, he heard a comment from defensive tackle Twyon Martin and threw the ball at him. It wasn't a big scene like with Jasper -- I didn't even realize Todman was gone until I saw him in the doorway in street clothes with Howard later.

  • About 30 minutes later, Howard and Todman returned to the field, where Edsall put his arm around each for a fatherly lecture. Both returned to their respective sidelines, but in sweats.

  • Only one recruit at the scrimmage, but it was a big one. Arie Kouandjio, a 6-5, 310-pound offensive lineman from DeMatha High in Maryland, has offers from Boston College, Rutgers, Pitt, North Carolina, Penn State and Maryland. He will visit Cal next weekend. Kouandjio exited the UConn weight room nodding his head in approval, and had a long chat with athletic director Jeff Hathaway on the sidelines. After a few minutes wondering why Hathaway was at a practice, Joe D'Ambroso clued me in that Hathaway is also a DeMatha alum.

  • Scott Lutrus didn't play today because of strep throat. Anthony Sherman remained out with his hamstring injury. Mike Cox and Robert Vaughn both went out with injuries on consecutive plays during a goal-line situation.

  • Dave Teggart drilled a 46-yard field goal with plenty of room to spare. Robert McClain returned punts and Dwayne Gratz played cornerback in Howard's spot after he was booted from practice.

  • Former UConn quarterback Matt DeGennaro was among those watching practice today.

  • Still nothing definitive on the offensive line. Mike Hicks and Dan Ryan started with the first team, but it was Mike Ryan and Jimmy Bennett rotating in later with the 1s.


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