Aug. 18, 2007
WEST HARRISON, Ind.-- The University of Cincinnati football invited its parents and BIG EAST Conference officials to a special scrimmage at Higher Ground Retreat and Conference Center on Saturday. Cincinnati held two-a-days and was set to break bread with more than 400 people after the 80-play scrimmage.
"I thought is was pretty clear today," stated head coach Brian Kelly. "Our defense looks like they could line up and play, but the offense has a ways to go. We have to continue to improve. We have so many young players out there on offense and the first-team defense would not allow anyone to stand out."
The defensive front, anchored by Terrill Byrd, registered five quarterback sacks. Torry Cornett, Jon Newton, Corey Smith, Angelo Craig and Chris Harrison tallied one sack each. Cornerback Jason Whitehead snagged the lone interception of the day and returned it 30 yards up the left sideline for a touchdown against the second-team offense.
To try to aid the decisions within the quarterback race, Kelly pulled the red jersey off of both incumbent starter Dustin Grutza and Craig Carey. The decision worked well for both signal callers. Carey completed
8-of-14 passes for 99 yards and finished his performance with a 21-yard strike to Ben Guidugli. Grutza hit on 6-of-9 attempts for 120 yards, including touchdown passes of 38 and 66 yards. Ben Mauk completed 3-of-6 throws for 27 yards with a 12-yard touchdown and Tony Pike 4-of-8 passes for 22 yards.
Eleven different receivers caught two passes each. Marcus Barnett was on the receiving end of Grutza's pass and took it 66 yards for a touchdown. Barnett finished with 75 receiving yards. David Wess caught two passes for 43 yards. Charley Howard snagged a pair of passes for 30 yards. Guidugli made two catches for 25 yards. Tahree McQueen had two catches for 21 yards. Nick DeFilippo made two receptions for 20 yards. Dominick Goodman had two catches for 14 yards, including a 12-yard TD pass from Mauk. Antwuan Giddens made an acrobatic 38-yard touchdown catch in the endzone off a pass from Grutza.
The running game was very balanced. Butler Benton totaled six carries for nine yards. Jacob Ramsey carried the ball five times for eight yards. Bradley Glatthaar rushed three times for 11 yards. In a white jersey, Carey made the long rush of the day on a 27-yard scramble for a first down. He finished with 19 yards on four rushes.
The Bearcats enjoy a special trip to Kings Island on Sunday afternoon. They are scheduled to meet fans and park guests from 1-2:30 p.m. and return to Higher Ground for practice on Monday.