By Jonathan Okanes
Thursday, September 18th, 2008 at 6:48 pm in Mid-week.
The Bears parted ways for the weekend off this afternoon, but not before they had a spirited practice in which scout team players had the opportunity to participate in a brief scrimmage.
Some of the players who stood out were wide receiver Ian Albrecht and defensive end Trevor Guyton. On the first play of the scrimmage, quarterback Brock Mansion connected with Albrecht on a rollout after a play fake, and Albrecht raced upfield for a long touchdown play. He was mobbed by the rest of the offense, as the Bears veterans really got into watching the future of the program go at it.
Albrecht made another nice play when he out-jumped cornerback Josh Hill on a pass from Mansion for a substantial gain. Hill almost got revenge on the next play when he jumped a route and almost picked off a Mansion pass that would have surely been returned for a touchdown.
Mansion also got the offense fired up when he took off running and lowered his shoulder on an attempted tackle by safety Chris Little.
Guyton, meanwhile, followed up a good day of practice Wednesday by causing some havoc at the line of scrimmage, stopping a few ball carriers for short gains with some big hits.
“When you’re redshirting, you kind of get overlooked sometimes,” Guyton said. “It gets frustrating. I felt like this scrimmage would be a chance to show what I’m actually doing.”
While the coaching staff obviously is evaluating the young players closely, the scrimmage is more a tip of the hat to the scout team for their hard work.
“It’s giving them an opportunity to play and let them have some fun,” Tedford said. “They’re always working tol prepare the team for who we’re playing. It’s great to let them get into our offense and defense and let them cut loose and play. We’re always coaching them on cards. It’s nice to let them play.”
Tedford said after practice he didn’t have any new information yet on the knee injury to wide receiver Marvin Jones, who was examined by a doctor Thursday. The initial diagnosis is a sprained knee, and Tedford said it’s hard to estimate how long he’ll be out because he didn’t know the severity yet.
A number of players didn’t practice during the drills before the scrimmage, but they are almost all precuationary. Safety Bernard Hicks suffered a leg bruise Wednesday and was held out Thursday. DB Sean Cattouse has a mild hamstring pull but is expected to be fine by next Saturday’s game against Colorado State.
Running back Shane Vereen still has a pretty noticeable limp but was able to do more on his own today than yesterday. Tedford seems confident Vereen will be OK by next week.
The Bears are now off until a short practice Sunday afternoon. They will have their usual day off on Monday before resuming a usual schedule for a game week on Tuesday.