The highlight of the afternoon practice session
was an intra-squad scrimmage. Players were divided
into two teams (dressed in black jerseys and
white jerseys) and played both offense and defense
in the controlled passing contest.
Although the emphasis of HITMEN mini-camp was
on offensive skills, defense dominated the early
On the first offensive play of the black jersey
squad, running back turned cornerback Michael
Blair intercepted an errant Mason aerial. Wide
receiver Phil Savoy opened some eyes with a
spectacular diving interception and also displayed
some nifty moves with the ball following his
second pick of the day.
Observing Savoy’s nose for the football, Vice
President and General Manager Drew Pearson commented
that the defensive coaches may want the Colorado
product for their side of the line once training
camp begins next month.
Number one draft pick Charles Puleri hooked
up with speedster and Rutgers product Chris
Brantley for the first touchdown of the scrimmage.
Brantley, who has been out of football for two
years, showed no evidence of rust when freezing
the safety with a nice move during his post
Center Dustin Owen provided a moment of comic
relief during the afternoon practice. The Hawaii
product donned jersey number 17 for the scrimmage,
and although his passing was limited to snapping
the football in shotgun formation, he had some
fun dreaming about how the other half lives.
“I’m the biggest quarterback ever,” the 315-pounder
said. “There’s never been anyone like me to
ever play the position.”
“That’s because no one makes a quarterback jersey
that could fit you,” equipment manager Tommy
McVean shot-back, eyeing the skin-tight shirt
that appeared to interfere with Owen’s circulation.