And then there were two...
Those were the words of J.D. Brookhart as he announced his decision to restrict the starting quarterback competition to Carlton Jackson and Chris Jacquemain.
Has Matt Rodgers' arm soreness played a part? "Yes and no," the coach said.
Still, that Rodgers was alive in the competition this long speaks a lot to the true freshman's talent. It's very possible Rodgers still could see action this season. First, considering his age, it stands to reason that he will continue to progress faster than Jackson and Jacquemain. Second, it's no guarantee the backup quarterback remains with the team, rather than transferring. Third, the starter will be on a leash shorter than usual, knowing that the competition in camp was tight.
Rodgers continued to get reps today at practice.
It took Almondo Sewell less than two weeks to bust into the starting rotation, despite being a true freshman at a new position. He is the new defensive end, replacing Eric Lively, who moves to starting nose guard. Presumably, that moves Wallace Pendleton and Nate Robinson down a notch, but perhaps they switched positions, too.
The Zips may have found a way to beat the blitz. Jacquemain executed two nice dumpoffs to Andre Walker that went for long yardage. It's a similar play that broke Brett Biggs free for 70 yards in the Motor City Bowl, if you remember that.
Jacquemain also showed a weak point, however. His deep balls float and wobble. Although he is a more accurate short passer than Jackson, arm strength is a weakness.
Jabari Arthur continues to make some nice plays. He is in tremendous shape and certainly will break tackles in the secondary this season.
Dennis Kennedy and Alphonso Owen returned kicks today. Kennedy is probably the third option, but there were some nagging injuries that kept the usual returners from doing the task. With the ball, Owen is a shifty runner and will make some defenders miss in the open field.
The team looked absolutely exhausted at the end of practice. Coaches told them to bear crawl across the field as the day's final drill. I saw better bear crawls from my wrestling team's heavyweight in high school. It was pretty pathetic. But then again, these guys had to be dead tired.
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