The ISU football team held its first scrimmage Friday afternoon and in my opinion the defense is way ahead of the offense. Granted the offensive line has lost three players in the last week due to injury, one of which Brad Shedd is done for the season and maybe his career.
So in the scrimmage two true freshman were starting at tackle, Highland’s Josh Cutler who was just cleared to practice on Wednesday, and Jim Bagley from Meridian.
the two played like freshman allowing pass rushers free passes to the quarterbacks. If they don’t get into playing shape soon, or get healthy a repeat of last seasons pass blocking problems will be repeated.
As for the quarterbacks, all three played and neither looked all that impressive, but the potential each has was evident.
During the 40 play scrimmage the offense ran the ball a whopping three times.I know Kramer said he wasn’t going to run much, but three times is not enough especially considering each quarterback was having a hard time completing passes.Big Sky defenses will sit on the curl and slant routes the receivers were running and turn them into pick 6′s, so hopefully this was just the result of only having 11 practices.
The defense looked great, flying to the ball, breaking up passes and forcing turnovers.Kramer told me afterward that the defense played really well and with the intensity he wanted, but were helped by the inexperience on the o-line.
The only points scored in the scrimmage was a 35-yard FG by CJ Reyes, Brendon Garcia missed one early from 45.
Some other notes from Friday, David Tyler went down with an apparent knee injury, he was walking around with ice on it during the later portion of the scrimmage so hopefully it’s not to serious.
Also Kramer has put another group out of the media’s reach, freshman players. SID Steve Schaack told Chase and I that no freshman can be interviewed all season. When asked what if one has a standout performance, I was told we will deal with it when it happens.
There is another scrimmage Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Holt for any of you who want to see where team stands