Has the offense transitioned from jayvee squad to the more dominant unit?
Not quite, but another week of progress and it could be that way.
In today's scrimmage, Akron's quarterbacks went 33-for-47, tallying four touchdowns. Chris Jacquemain and Carlton Jackson put up nearly identical stats, except that the former added a rushing touchdown and interception.
The running backs also played well. Dennis Kennedy rushed five times for 40 yards. Andre Walker took five handoffs for 23 yards. Bryan Williams struggled, running seven times for six yards (but there's good news coming for him later in the blog). Alex Allen has a minor hamstring injury and did not play. "We have a good idea of what he can do, J.D. Brookhart said.
The wide receivers may not have the same talent as last season, but their route-running ability has impressed me. Marcus Patterson is going to be a useful possession receiver. Alphonso Owen is adept at catches near the sideline. Jabari Arthur has reminded me of how he set a Motor City Bowl record for receiving yards. He is going deep and Jackson has looked his way several times during camp, including a long over-the-shoulder touchdown catch today.
Like with any scrimmage, both sides cannot receive rave reviews. Brookhart was upset with his first- team defense's effort, saying they should be shutting the first-team offense down at this point in camp.