Cardinal Football

Media Day Notes

These are just some notes from this afternoons media day. I hope to have some video and or audio later this evening.

Defense: Defensive Coordinator, Vance Beford took questions from the media earlier today regarding the outlook for the 2010 Cardinal defense.

  • As of right now, (24 days from kick off) only two players have been named starters on the defense. Defensive tackle Greg Scruggs and linebacker Brandon Heath.
  • Bedford, emphasized how important it is to stop the run this year.
  • The secondary is by far the least experienced unit, on defense. Johnny Patrick is the only returning player with valuable experience.
  • Bedford, had a lot of good things to say about JR defensive tackle Greg Scruggs. He raved about Sruggs’s work ethic and says he will likely be our leader on defense.
  • Bedford made it very clear that Johnny Patrick was without a doubt the best defensive player on the team.
  • Freshmen Jamaine Brooks, B.J. Butler, and Brandon Dunn are three freshman that will least likely take a red-shirt this year.
  • The defensive line is small, very small.
  • Speed is likely the biggest strength on the defense.
  • Senior defensive end Rodney Gnat has been nicknamed “Big Pretty” by Charlie Strong.

Offense: Offensive Coordinator Mike Sanford,  took questions from the media earlier today regarding the outlook for the 2010 Cardinal offense.

  • A starter at QB still has not been named, but it looks like the job is Froman’s to lose.
  • When asked about Dominique Brown, Sanford had a lot of good things to say.  Brown seems physically ready to play, but is very far behind after just arriving on campus last week.
  • Quarterback mobility will be key for the offense, which hints Froman will likely start.
  • Mario Benavides, Mark Wetterer, Jeff Adams, Greg Tomczyk, and Byron Stingley will likey be the starters on the O-Line.
  • Red-shirt freshman Jeremy Wright, was slated as the third string tailback on the depth chart, but is still sidelined with a bruised knee. Senior Blayne Donnell will fill in at third string.
  • WR Josh Bellamy, a JUCO transfer, has looked great in the first week of practice. Sanford stated that Bellamy is a big play threat at WR.
  • Freshman WR Michaelee Harris will be looked upon to contribute right away.
  • Josh Chichester has made the transition from receiver to tight end very well. Sanford complemented Chichester’s toughness and stated he is willing to do whatever he needs to for the team to be succesful.
  • With the injury of senior TE Pete Nochta, Nate Nord will be needed to step up and contribute.


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