It's mid-April and not late August, so that may have colored defensive coordinator Chuck Heater's view of four pass-interference penalties. Shoot, he seemed almost happy with it.
The Big Green donors and season-ticket holders attending could be pleased. In recent years, many criticized the large cushions Herd corners consistently allowed receivers.
But while the fans may see tighter man-to-man coverage this fall, they should know a few flags will follow.
"A little bit of it is the cost of doing business," Heater said. "You're going to play tight, but you've got to play smart with your hands. I think you're going to see [when] your left hand's on people, get them off. Maybe get them on, officials start looking, then you get them off and you're OK.
"We're going to talk about better-disciplined hands. But I'd rather start there."
Heater continued his rotation at linebacker. Billy Mitchell played the "Mike" spot in the 4-2-5, with Stefan Houston playing "Will." Jermaine Holmes and Cortez Carter manned the second unit, with Derek Mitchell playing the strong side in a traditional 4-3.
Houston, a freshman out of Fork Union Military Academy, woke the scrimmage up early with a big hit on Kevin Grooms. That has been a developing trend since Kent Turene suffered a spring-ending ankle injury. But Heater isn't getting too excited.
"You guys saw him get a lot today," Heater asked. "I just remember the one he didn't get. You know how coaches are."
At times, MU halted scrimmage play for some special-teams work, and Justin Haig got to boot a few field goals. He has been all alone in place-kicking duties this spring.
He made all of his attempts, from 35, 39, 38 and 41 yards.
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