Monday, August 20, 2012
Hogs' Cobi Hamilton steals the show
By Chris Low
Cobi Hamilton, upset with his performance in Arkansas’ first scrimmage, put on a show Saturday night as the Hogs held an open scrimmage in conjunction with Fan Day.
Hamilton caught 11 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns. One of his scores came after he showed some nifty moves after the catch and streaked 65 yards to the end zone. He also had a 21-yard touchdown catch.
“That’s what we expect from Cobi every night, every day,” Arkansas coach John L. Smith said.
In his first scrimmage, Hamilton felt like he missed some balls he should have caught and didn’t make enough happen.
Quarterback Tyler Wilson finished 22-of-37 for 252 yards and three touchdowns. He led the first-team offense to touchdowns on its first three possessions.
The Hogs again held star running back Knile Davis out of the scrimmage.
A pair of true freshmen are having strong camps for the Hogs -- running back Jonathan Williams and receiver Mekale McKay. Williams rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday, while McKay had two catches for 76 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown.
Smith said he hopes to get injured linebackers Tenarius Wright and Alonzo Highsmith and injured safety Eric Bennett back on Monday. All three suffered injuries earlier this preseason and have missed a lot of practice time.
No game-time decision for Auburn
Coming out of Saturday’s scrimmage, Auburn coach Gene Chizik still isn’t ready to name a starting quarterback.
The Tigers took Sunday off and are also taking Monday off, and the coaches are using that time to evaluate practice and scrimmage tape.
Chizik promised that a decision on the starting quarterback would not linger right up until game time on Sept. 1 when Auburn opens the season against Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.
“We’re definitely going to name a starter before game day,” Chizik said.
The delay, according to Chizik, is because nobody is separating himself. Junior Clint Moseley has been plagued by a sore throwing shoulder in camp, but remains in the race with sophomore Kiehl Frazier and true freshman Jonathan Wallace.
Malcolm Mitchell focusing on defense
All of Malcolm Mitchell’s work so far this preseason camp has come on defense for Georgia, and the versatile sophomore is working with the first unit at cornerback.
Mitchell, who had 655 receiving yards last season as a freshman, has been catching balls from quarterbacks after practice. But his focus during practice has been exclusively at defensive back, both at the corner spot and nickel spot.
Georgia coach Mark Richt said Mitchell would start getting some offensive reps in practice sometime in the next week.
Green light for Vanderbilt freshmen
Three true freshmen who will definitely play this season are running back Brian Kimbrow, defensive end Caleb Azubike and linebacker Darreon Herring.
All three have been placed into the green light category by Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, who said linebackers Jake Sealand and Ja’karri Thomas and offensive linemen Adam Butler and Andrew Jelks may also play this season.