It was only six plays, but it was a little more like football.
The Panthers did a short goal-line drill, minus a few regulars, but it was their first taste of actual hitting.
RB DeAngelo Williams was tucked safely away, but Josh Vaughan pushed through for a touchdown on his third attempt with the ones. The only other score was a QB Hunter Cantwell pass to TE Dante Rosario, who got lost in traffic and ended up wide open in the corner of the end zone.
The defense was active, and fired up to hit somebody, and looked stout on the other four downs. You can tell LB Jon Beason lives for this stuff, as he was heard above all others after the stops.
-- They wanted to do short yardage earlier in the week, but were unable because of the shortage of backs. They still only used two today, with Dantrell Savage running with the twos.
-- Not much new on the injury front, though CB Richard Marshall was back after missing some time with back spasms.
-- Not to create a firestorm, but QB Jimmy Clausen looks more and more comfortable with each passing day. He found Dwayne Jarrett running down a seam early, the kind of pass adult quarterbacks make.
Still don't think he pushes Matt Moore for the starting job soon, but he's clearly impressing.
-- Best scene of the morning: WR Kenny Moore staying engaged with his block on DT Tank Tyler about 15-20 yards downfield. It was the kind of aggressive play that earns Kenny some street cred. Tyler didn't think as much of it, however.
-- RB Mike Goodson was wandering around in a walking boot. He's probably another week or more from returning to practice with an ankle sprain.
— Darin Gantt