If you haven’t heard, Pitt scrimmaged on Saturday.
And in all seriousness, you may not have heard because the only news of it that has been released are four pictures and a short video reel. Still, I put our crack team of football analysts on it, and here is what they came up with:
- Two guys high-fived. One looks like a kicker. The other like a longsnapper. We can infer that a field goal was made. Perhaps an extra point.
- Dayon Hayes appears to have scooped the football. More on this later.
- DL John Morgan was happy about something.
- Vince Davis may or may not have broken a shoestring tackle attempt by AJ Woods. I would like to believe that he did.
- Upon further review he did not…
- Davis Beville can both walk and clap at the same time
- Both Masks and Towels were provided to the offensive linemen
- Referees were in attendance (and Alex Kessman’s kickoff mechanics appear to be in midseason form)
- The Duzz will no longer have to cover his mouth with the playsheet to avoid having his lips read. The jury is out on whether the AV guy trailing behind him will also serve as the “getback” coach.
- The ball was snapped on at least one occasion. More importantly, someone other Jimmy Morrissey or Owen Drexel was snapping the ball.
- Number 22 on Defense (white jersey) plays with better leverage than number 22 on offense (blue jersey). In all fairness I don’t know if it really was number 22 on offense, but no matter who it was, he didn’t have good leverage.
- Vince Davis (who actually is number 22 on offense – #22 blue) got grabbed by the helmet and thrown to the ground by John Morgan like a rag doll. (#6 white)
- #74 Blue – probably Grad Transfer Keldrick Wilson (I had earlier assumed it was true Fr Michael Statham who wears the same number) apparently got the second level once, and while he didn’t exactly blow his man up, he got in front of him just enough to spring the ballcarrier for an extra yard or two.
- Also – On the same play, you have to like the look of Daniel Carter busting it up the inside.
- And then Safety Judson Tallandier makes a nice spin move to get away from Wilson and get in on the tackle. Note how Carter instinctively covers that ball with two hands as he senses contact. Still, you’d have liked to see OL Wilson go hard and try to pancake the lighter Tallendier instead of pulling up and trying to patty-cake him, but hey, I’m no offensive line coach.
- Rashad Weaver was sweating
- Davis Beville threw a pass while an unidentified offensive lineman simultaneously held his man and took hands to the face while protecting him. I declare the penalties to be offsetting.
- Fr WR Aydin Henningham (#81 blue) caught the ball (ostensibly it was the pass thrown by Beville in the preceding frame) and took it to the house.
- Henningham beat Judson Tallendier (#26 white) on the play. You win some, you lose some Judson. I’ve seen Hamlin make the same mistake in games…although that was before he stepped it up last season.
- Daniel Carter seems like he might be tough to bring down. Below is a sequence where a trucks a Devin Danielson (#95 in white) – with some help from Owen Drexel (#60 in blue) and then drags two more defenders for a good two yards. As my high school football coach would have said, “Carter they should have paid you for that ride!!!” Now what I don’t know is did Carter need to get a extra yard on top of what he already got for a first down??? Other than Drexel there did not appear to be many blockers on the scene…Also just what was AJ Davis’ (#21 blue…foreground) role in that play supposed to be? Because he didn’t touch anybody.
- rFr linebacker Wendell Davis was fired up about something. I think he may have been the guy that brought Carter down in the previous play. Most likely short of the line to gain.
- Dayon Hayes has got some hops, and the turnover dunk is still a Thing.
Oh yea…here is the full video if you want to watch.
Hail to Pitt