Sunday, August 3, 2008

Davis makes his network debut

Fred Davis has never been a stranger to the spotlight. He’s appeared in two BCS championship games and 3 Rose Bowls. I can’t even say he’s a stranger to NBC, after appearing every other year in South Bend for the annual Notre Dame/USC showdown. But on Sunday he made a first time appearance on network television, in the NFL, and as a Washington Redskin.

The 2008 Hall of Fame game officially kicked off the NFL preseason, giving us the injury-riddled Colts and Redskins. And although Davis’ play was limited and didn’t offer anything spectacular, he did make 3 receptions for 23 yards in Washington’s 30-16 victory. Aside for his sure hands, Davis displayed sound fundamentals and discipline, holding his own in run blocking to create lanes for Redskins backs.


Overall, Jim Zorn’s offensive unit looked good, and especially the play of Mater Dei High school’s Colt Brennan. After playing the role of backup to Matt Leinart in High School, then moving on to shatter NCAA passing records in Hawaii, Colt Brennan found himself leading a professional franchise up and down the field with ease. He appeared physically larger than we last saw him, running for dear life against the Georgia Bulldogs in the Sugar Bowl. And with a line that actually blocks, he flaunted his touch of accuracy, going 9 for 10 on passing attempts, for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns. Brennan was easily the star in a game that had no others.

Running with Hart

Mike Hart was…well, Mike Hart. The Colts rookie looked to be the same player that rumbled up and down the field at the Big House. Though he had only 4 carries in the game, he ripped off chunks of yardage with each to average 13.3 yards and total 53. He also caught 3 passes for 28 yards, receiving more time with Joseph Addai leaving the game early with a head injury.

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