2008 Spring Game Reviews - Independents

Posted May 5, 2008

What happened in the Independent spring games? John Harris reviews the final scrimmages of the spring season.

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By John Harris


The second spring of Stan Brock’s tenure concluded with the annual Black and Gold game in Michie Stadium.  Brock liked the tenacity his team exhibited during the 15 session spring and handed out awards for the team after the game.  The ninety minute scrimmage started with a kickoff and kickoff return session, followed by a controlled team session.  Cornerback Jordan Trimble and Vincent Comasco both had interception returns for touchdowns in the scrimmage.


“Shutout” was the word of the day in the annual Blue-Gold spring game as the Blue held the Gold scoreless 14-0.  Quarterback Jarod Bryant was the driving force behind the two blue scores, rushing for 30 yards and a touchdown, while completing all three of his passes for 66 yards.  Outside linebacker Trey Grissom may not stay second on the depth chart too long after his performance in the spring game – nine tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, a sack and a fumble recovery.

Notre Dame  

The annual Blue-Gold game in South Bend had a little bit of everything, including some fisticuffs in the end zone after a score (which was not unusual throughout this spring).  The offense won the battle with a 47-46 victory over the defense as quarterback Jimmy Clausen came through in the clutch with two huge throws.  Although he was only ten of 27 on the day, his final two throws – a 57-yard throw to Golden Tate on fourth and ten and an eight yard touchdown to Duval Kumara on fourth and goal – put the offense out in front for the win.  Clausen returned the favor early in the contest with a Harrison Smith pick six, but pulled out his best stuff during “Business Time” late in the game.