Sunday, April 27, 2003

UC defense bares teeth


DE Cole totals 5 sacks in spring game

By Bill Koch
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Trent Cole was credited with five sacks Saturday in the University of Cincinnati's Red and Black scrimmage.

He thought he was shortchanged.

"I was counting them," Cole said. "I know I had eight."

Cole, a 6-foot-4, 246-pound junior who was moved from defensive tackle to defensive end this spring, led a UC defense that dominated the scrimmage. Using a scoring system that awarded points to the defense for various accomplishments, the Black defensive team beat the Red offensive team 36-26 at Nippert Stadium.

But when the first-team units were on the field, the defensive dominance was even more pronounced. The offense didn't record a first down until the 4:55 mark of the second quarter and put together only one touchdown drive.

"The defense got us today," said quarterback Gino Guidugli. "They've been going against the same plays. They're starting to know the stuff better than we know it."

Still, the defense impressed Minter. So did Cole.

"He's a big, strong wide guy who's got tremendous explosion," Minter said. "If we can get good inside, that will allow us to keep Trent on the outside, and I really believe that's where he can bring the most to us."

Cole says he's still adjusting to the new position.

"It's hard because I have to be patient," he said. "It's not like at tackle when I could fire up in the gap. My responsibility (against the run) is to go out and contain and turn him in."

Guidugli completed eight of 26 passes for 85 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked seven times. Running back Richard Hall carried 12 times for 73 yards, including a 38-yard run in the third quarter.

Guidugli, still familiarizing himself with a new corps of receivers, hooked up four times with sophomore Derick Ross, for 62 yards and one touchdown. But Ross also dropped a pass that would have gone for 30 yards.

"We made a lot of plays today, but the offense had a chance for a few home runs and we didn't take advantage of it," Minter said.

Chet Ervin, making the transition from punter to placekicker, kicked a 29-yard field goal and missed a 41-yard attempt. He made all three of his extra points.

On the second team, senior running back David Harris carried the ball 17 times for 120 yards against the second-team defense, which Minter concedes, suffers a noticeable dropoff from the first unit.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING-Harris 17-120, Hall 12-73, Jones 10-33, Eddington 9-26, Stevens 2-20.

PASSING-Guidugli 26-8-0-85, Cary 19-10-0-129, Stevens 2-0-0-0, Faulkner 3-0-0-0, Murray 1-0-0-0.

RECEIVING-Ross 4-62, Dudley 4-53, Dawley 4-42, Murray 2-16.

Email bkoch@enquirer.com




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