Here are some observations and highlights from Springdale’s nearly two-hour intrasquad scrimmage Saturday morning.
- Junior running back Lucky Bannavong was absent Saturday because of a family issue, so that meant extra reps for junior Erick Mendez and sophomore Jasey Medina. Mendez has looked really good the last two big scrimmages and Medina has a ton of potential. He should be a feature back once he adjusts to varsity ball and hits the designated hole more consistently. Just listen to what coach Zak Clark had to say in the video above. High praise.
- Senior quarterback Jack Lindsey was again sharp for the most part. He’s been very quick and decisive getting rid of the ball each time I’ve seen him in fall camp.
- Junior Chris Crawford intercepted the below Lindsey pass over the middle midway through the scrimmage. It was Lindsey’s first pick in all of fall camp, which has featured quite a bit of scrimmaging and starters v starters. Nice play by Crawford. Equally nice play on the physical tackle by center Pedro Lazo.
- Junior receiver Kyler Williams is going to have a big year. He’s got good hands, is quick and elusive after the catch. Look for him to get the ball in a number of ways. He’ll be the featured Springdale player in the Democrat-Gazette’s preseason preview. The video below will eventually include quotes from Williams and Clark and should be updated with some better highlights by that time, because, while impressive, those plays were nowhere near his most explosive this fall. He’s put on a show.
- The defense has done a good job of running to the ball and gang tackling so far in both scrimmages I’ve seen. Much improved from a year ago.
- More of the team’s best athletes are on defense this year, as opposed to a year ago when it was pretty one-sided and almost all of the top athletes were on offense. Two of the most prominent moves are Jayden Minchew moving from receiver to a free safety spot where he could become an impact player and Malcolm Neal, the team’s fastest player, from running back to cornerback, where Williams called him the best cover corner he’s faced this summer, including team camps and 7-on-7.
- Below is a nice Minchew pass breakup followed by Neal in tight coverage on receiver Hunter Necessary and two plays of solid coverage on Williams. Will be interesting to watch Minchew progress. He should only get better as he adjusts to the position after playing offense for the last few years.
- Junior tight end Kamryn Dickerson had about an 80-yard touchdown catch with the second-team offense. He caught a nice pass and then outran the defense for the score. Pretty impressive stuff for a 6-foot-1, 225-pounder. He worked with both the first and second units Saturday. Played linebacker last year.
- Speaking of the second team, sophomore quarterback Layne Hutchins looks like he has a chance to be pretty good. He’s got a good arm and appears to have poise. Clark said he’s one of the most dedicated, eager to learn players on the team. Receiver Nick Parchman is another sophomore that’s jumped out.
Springdale’s benefit game is Thursday at Har-Ber. The Bulldogs’ scrimmage Shiloh Christian and Russellville at Shiloh on Aug. 25. Season starts Sept. 4 at Greenwood.