August 27, 2007

Top recruits put on a show

The Angleton Wildcats traveled to Dayton Friday for a scrimmage between two 4A teams with a surplus of skill talent. Angleton is led by Texas Longhorn commit D.J. Monroe, while the Broncos are led by 2009 prospects in quarterback Cody Green and receiver/corner A.J. Dugat. None of the three disappointed as big plays were a consistent theme Friday night at the new and improved Broncos Stadium.

The scrimmage format was 10 plays with the first team for each side followed by 10 plays with the second groups. After the 20 plays were finished, the team played four quarters of game conditions, minus kick and punt returns.

Angleton received the ball first and was stuffed by a quick Dayton front seven aligned in a 3-4 look. Monroe was thrown for a five-yard loss on the first play of the scrimmage. Monroe followed with carries of two, one, -4, one and four as the Broncos won the battle of the trenches on every snap.

As Monroe usually does on Friday nights, "The Jet" took a hand off sprinting left, broke a tackle and turned on the jets for a 61-yard touchdown run. Monroe followed with carries of four, three, -7, 27, 14 and three to finish the opening 10 plays and the first quarter of the game conditions with 13 carries for 104 yards.

Monroe ran the ball from the tailback position, but also took snaps at quarterback in the shotgun. Monroe had a quick scoring drive in his series at quarterback rushing for 44 yards on three carries before throwing a 26-yard touchdown pass.

On defense, Monroe played sparingly. He posted two solo tackles and three assists. Monroe will also return punts and kick-offs for Angleton.

Fellow Wildcat Quandre Diggs had his moments. Diggs is a 5-9, 175-pound freshman playing on the Angleton varsity squad that also happens to be the younger brother of former Texas Longhorn and current San Diego Charger Quentin Jammer. Diggs posted two solo tackles and one assists, while alternating with Monroe at free safety.

Diggs, who shows a lot of natural instincts as a running back, carried the ball eight times for 27 yards in a part-time role during the opening 20 plays and in the first quarter of game conditions. Diggs played a series at quarterback in addition to running back.

The freshman prospect will also return kick-offs for the Wildcats.

While the Angleton duo had their impressive moments, the Dayton Broncos were dominant an times. Whether it is getting penetration in the Angleton backfield or on offense, Dayton was impressive in their only scrimmage of the pre-season.

Quarterback Cody Green and receiver/corner/kick returner A.J. Dugat were difference makers for the Broncos.

Green began the Broncos offensive portion of the scrimmage with runs of four and 56 yards. The 56-yarder was an impressive touchdown run breaking a pair of tackles before tight roping the left sideline for the score. Green also had a run of 19 yards on the next possession before losing 11 on a sack, which resulted in a fumble.

Through the air, Green was four of seven for 74 yards in the first 20 offensive plays. Of that group of 20 plays, Green played around 15 snaps.

In the opening quarter of game conditions, the 6-4, 209-pound quarterback completed six of nine passes for 119 yards including three to Dugat. Green, who possesses a good, but not great arm, showed very good timing on the deep slants by Dugat and the jack-of-all-trades did the rest. Green did throw an interception in the bread basket of an Angleton defensive end on an ill-advised swing pass attempt.

Dugat, 5-11, 196-pounds, accounted for nearly 70 yards after the catch on his four receptions. Dugat is a running back after the catch combining quick feet and a strong lower body to shake attempted arm tackles by defenders.

The talented junior also recorded a pair of solo tackles in very limited time at corner.

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