A few quick observations from Saturday’s scrimmage.
1. Passing game looked good again, after a solid showing last Saturday. A lot of short throws to the A-backs flaring out. Tevin Washington was pretty accurate and the quarterbacks got time to throw from the line.
Paul Johnson: “I thought Tevin threw the ball fairly well again.”
2. Run defense was fairly strong. The B-backs didn’t produce much, nor did the A-backs. Quarterback runs and draws were effective. Washington scored on a 36-yard run in which he faked the pitch to Embry Peeples and had a clear lane to the end zone.
3. Defense controlled the scrimmage early, not allowing a score for the first six possessions, starting at the opposing 30-yard line. Offense scored on three consecutive series (led by Synjyn Days, Vad Lee and Washington), then defense held on the last five. All stats unofficial.
4. Inside linebacker Quayshawn Nealy played with the first string in place of Julian Burnett, who was rested with some bumps and bruises. He made several plays and showed good quickness.
5. True freshman wide receivers Jeff Greene and Darren Waller got a lot of time with the first string. Stephen Hill played early but not much after. I don’t believe Tyler Melton practiced. Greene caught a fade-type pass from Lee for a 17-yard gain.
Johnson: “Jeff’s played pretty well in camp. I think he’s played himself into a position where he’s certainly going to play.”
6. Defensive end Izaan Cross had a productive morning, including a forced fumble on a mesh between Days and Preston Lyons. “On that one play, I just wanted to get off the field,” Cross said. “I just did whatever I could to do that.”
7. True freshman guard Trey Braun started at left guard in place of Will Jackson, out with an injury. I couldn’t tell much, but it seemed like he held his own.
8. A-back B.J. Bostic is out for about four weeks. Johnson wouldn’t specify the injury, but his right arm was in a sling. Johnson said redshirting him (he played last year as a true freshman) is a possibility.
9. Guard Errin Joe and Lyons both hobbled off the field with injuries, but Johnson said he didn’t think either injury was serious.
10. To me, no B-back stood out. I’ll have to add up the stats.
11. More fumbles, errant pitches and botched center-quarterback exchanges. Johnson did not sound concerned, attributing it to different combinations at the two positions.
12. Saturday was Johnson’s birthday. The team sang to him after the scrimmage.