VIDEO: UCF Football Conducts Second Scrimmage Of Spring Camp, Defense Showing Positive Signs
By Brian Ormiston, UCF // April 5, 2016
'Defense won the day today'
ABOVE VIDEO: Head coach Scott Frost took his team back inside Bright House Networks Stadium for the second straight practice Monday, which was the start of week four of Spring Camp. The Knights held their second scrimmage of the spring season during the session. (Chip Fontanazza, UCF Video)
ORLANDO, FLORIDA (UCFKnights) – Head coach Scott Frost took his team back inside Bright House Networks Stadium for the second straight practice Monday, which was the start of week four of Spring Camp. The Knights held their second scrimmage of the spring season during the session.
“Defense won the day today. We’ll have to watch the tape and see whether that’s due to the offense not playing well or the defense playing well. I’m sure it’s some of both,” Frost said.
“In the last scrimmage, I thought the offense got the upper hand. Today, the defense got the upper hand, and that’s good to see. But I want that to happen with both teams playing at their best.”
Practice No. 10 started with some individual and tackling drills before the Knights entered the scrimmage portion of the morning. Up first was some situationals including the offense having the ball on the 2-yard line facing 4th-and-goal, and the defense watched as it gave up three straight touchdowns to begin the period.
Up next was 1:30 on the clock, ball spotted on the offense’s own 30-yard line trailing by two and no timeouts. Defense shined right away with Justin McDonald hauling in an interception, Shawn Willis-Cruz blocking a field goal and D.J. Killings pulling down an interception.
The offense got on the board with a long touchdown pass from Garrett Kruczek to Trey Anderson, however sacks from Demeitre Brim, Tony Guerad and Jerod Boykins along with a huge break-up from Brandon Scott kept the momentum with the defense.
Following work with the punt units, the offense went back on the field and this time Justin Holman connected on a touchdown pass with Dontravious Wilson, Tyler Harris hit D’erren Wilson with a touchdown strike and Nick Patti scrambled for an 18-yard touchdown run. Moments later, Anderson collected his second touchdown reception.
Kickers Matthew Wright and Donald Delahaye both converted field goals toward the end of the period, giving way to kick return work.
In the final few minutes of practice, it was back to situationals and this time 45 seconds were placed on the clock and the offense was down six with no timeouts. Defense held their ground most of the way highlighted by sacks from Guerad and Monte Taylor as well as a key break-up from Tre Neal.
UCF will return to the practice field on Wednesday for session No. 11.
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