Scrimmage Observations: Defensive End

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Well, the first thing I’d like to report is that this was one of the more
crisp and well-executed Spring scrimmages I’ve seen in the last several
years. The offense was fluid and in rhythm, and the team was in and out of
their sets and situations quickly. The coaches must be very pleased with
the players and their sense of urgency and professionalism. I sure
was. The offense, and the offensive line in particular, are further along
than I have ever seen them at this point. Anyway, on to the defensive

James Gayle – #99, 6-4, 251, r-So.

Gayle wasn’t the disruptive force tonight that he has been in the previous
scrimmages, but he continued to be extremely active and played with a high motor
all night. Gayle took all of his snaps with the first team and mostly
found himself matched up against Vinston Painter, who played extremely well in
this scrimmage, I thought. Painter moved his feet well and played with
good leverage. He is night and day ahead of last year and tackle is
definitely the spot for him. He is so much more confident and physical out

Painter often hadhelp on Gayle, as the offense threw a lot of double
teams at him. In the event that Gayle did beat one of the tackles
one-on-one, he would find himself having to then go on and defeat a guard or
tight end, depending on the situation. The offensive line was clearly
focused on containing him. Towards the end of the scrimmage, Gayle started
doing some stunting and he got two sacks by my count in the “fourth quarter

In the first series of the fourth quarter against the first team offense,
Gayle blew right by Blake DeChristopher and touched Logan Thomas down when he
fumbled the snap from the shotgun. Not sure if the coaches will count this
as a sack as the play was whistled dead, but I saw it as a sack. In the
final series of the fourth quarter for the #1 defense vs. the #1 offense, Gayle
executed a perfectly timed stunt (one of two that I saw for which the offensive
line seemed to have no answer) and went right through the middle untouched for a
sack of Logan Thomas. In general, Gayle had a good scrimmage, as he was
very physical and active. He flattens out, gets off blocks and chases down
running plays better than any other defensive