Saturday, April 18, 2009

Wilson, Glennon Shine In Front Of Record Crowd

Spring Game Photos

Edited to add wolfonthehill's Spring Game Photos

Wilson In The Pocket

Glennon Throwing
(Click to enlarge.)

Great job today, Wolfpack fans. More than 21,000 people turned out--which I'm just going to assume is the biggest spring game crowd in school history--and raised more than $28,000 for the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. (That was the unofficial cash tally announced before I left, and they were still counting.)

Both Russell Wilson and Mike Glennon looked sharp, reiterating what we already know: they're pretty damn good. They threw into coverage a few times but generally made good decisions all afternoon and managed to avoid any big mistakes--always an encouraging sign. Their play made for a game that felt much tidier; Tom O'Brien has said all spring that this team is way ahead of where it was at this time in years past, and it certainly looked that way this afternoon.

         Comp   Att   Yds    TD  INT   Comp%  Yds/Att
Wilson 10 14 195 1 0 71.4 13.9
Glennon 24 38 272 1 0 63.2 7.2

The offensive line's struggles and the team's inability to produce on the ground were a couple of the well-documented concerns on display. The OL had a difficult time dealing with the blitz, and while the RBs had a few nice runs, there wasn't a lot to be had overall. But I think that says as much about the improvement of the defense's front seven as it does about those offensive shortcomings. Or at least I hope so.

Jarvis Williams and Owen Spencer each finished with 90+ receiving yards, and Spencer's 65-yard TD grab was the highlight of the day. Tight ends George Bryan and Mario Carter stood out as well. Carter led all receivers with six receptions.