Shortly after yesterday’s Spring game, I shook the hand of a high ranking BCU official. The gentleman asked me “did you see what you wanted to see”…to which I replied: “absolutely”!
I’m going to let you all in on a little secret folks. The Wildcats are loaded. And if you take Coach Jenkins at his word, he will be adding a few more bullets to the team’s arsenal before the kickoff of the 2012 regular season.
I already had lofty expectations for the Cats this season. Saturday’s intra-squad contest gave me more reasons to believe that high expectations are in order for the maroon and gold this year. Yeah, yeah, I know: it’s only April; the other teams have guys on scholarship too; chemistry matters; you can’t predict injuries; yada, yada, yada. I am not quite ready to guarantee a couple of playoff victories for this upcoming season, but I am not exactly ruling out that possibility either. Things will sort themselves out beginning in a few short months. For now, I will simply enjoy the thoughts of what could be and take comfort in knowing that this current year’s squad is the best collection of talent Coach Jenkins has possessed in his BCU tenure.
The talk of the town
The buzz circling around Daytona Beach after the Spring game centered largely on “that kid wearing #2” (Broadrick Waters) and playing quarterback for Bethune. Folks were talking about him at the (Derbyshire) Park . I heard a few people at the Shell gas station talking about him, and I received a number of telephone calls asking about Waters as a prospect. Waters looked like the best athlete on the field during Saturday’s contest. He demonstrated the type of explosiveness and elusiveness that Wildcats fans grew accustomed to seeing from players like Allen Suber and Pa’tel Troutman. No really, he was that impressive (albeit it in an April scrimmage).
David Blackwell was also very impressive and received his fair share of compliments from the fans in attendance. Blackwell started two games at quarterback in 2011 for the Cats. He switched over to wide receiver in the spring and it looks like a natural fit for him. Blackwell did a nice job of catching the ball with his hands and using his large frame to shield defenders. Once the ball was in his hands, he was able to make a few guys miss and run away from others.
Quarterback Quentin Williams had a nice showing opening the game with a 70 yard touchdown drive. Williams got the ball out of his hands in rhythm and seemed to make the right decisions in the passing game.
Harold Love was the most disruptive player along the defensive front and linebacker Jarkevis Fields just seemed to find the ball carrier and be on the end of more tackles than anyone else.
BCU opens the 2012 season on September 2nd in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Orlando. Alabama State you are on the clock.