Aug. 21, 2011
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Bucknell football team conducted its second, and final, scrimmage of preseason camp Sunday evening at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. Bison head coach Joe Susan led his squad through a fast-paced two-hour session that was preceded by the team's typical pregame routine.
"Putting the team through a typical pregame routine was planned," said Susan. "For a lot of these guys it is the first time through this. For some programs, pregame is very low key. Our pregame is always up-tempo."
Once on the field the up-tempo pace and attention to detail continued with the coaching staff focusing on correcting some of the less noticeable miscues.
As was the case in the first scrimmage last Wednesday, the defense appeared to be ahead of the offense.
"What happened tonight was our defense really shined," praised Susan. "Some of that had to do with the play of our two inside guys, Josh Eden and Robert De La Rosa. Defensively, from a scheme standpoint, they really jelled. I don't think we executed the offense very well tonight, though."
Susan shouted out scenarios throughout the scrimmage as the offense started deep in its own territory, in the red zone and in between as the Bison worked on a number of game situations. Among the highlights were a Brandon Wesley-to-Victor Walker 20-yard touchdown pass and a Wesley-to-Charles Thompson 19-yard touchdown pass that featured Thompson barreling over a defender to reach the end zone. On defense, Matt Donaldson recorded a safety, while Sean Sellers and Tracey Smith posted back-to-back tackles for loss at one point.
Sophomore kicker Alex Eckard provided a special teams highlight when he booted a 40-yard field goal that proved to be the winning points in a two-minute drill scenario.
Bucknell was lucky to get Sunday's scrimmage in as thunderstorms rolled through the area in the mid-afternoon and more were forecast for the evening. However, a light cloud cover was overhead during the scrimmage with very little threat of rain.
The Bison, who have practiced every day since Aug. 6, will have two more days of practice before their first off day. Classes at Bucknell begin on Wednesday and Susan will give the team the day off.
"You have to give them off a day during classes, so we give them off the first day of classes," explained Susan. "Regardless of how experienced they are it starts a different part of their life. We're better giving them that day off."
The Bison will resume practice on Thursday, hold a mock game Saturday afternoon and then get into a normal game week starting with Sunday's off day as they prepare for their Sept. 3 opener against Duquesne.