Saturday's Spring Game was much different from the open scrimmage two weeks ago, as the offense shined, while the defense struggled.
The scoring system used was unique and it is impossible to put any stock into it, but there was no doubt that it was the offense that shined on Saturday.
"Offensively I thought we moved the ball and threw the ball pretty well," Arizona head coach Mike Stoops said. "Our strength of this football team lies offensively with our quarterbacks and receivers and certainly we have a great group of skill guys."
Arizona's receivers stood out on Saturday from the first play, as Juron Criner beat his man deep deep and drew a pass interference call.
The theme of the day was the passing game and strength of the receivers, as Richard Morrison scored two touchdowns, with the first coming from 26 yards out and the second from 23.
Later, Dan Buckner was able to get wide open and score a 36-yard touchdown and Tyler Slavin later added a 32-yard score of his own.
"We have a plethora of different types of receivers and they are starting to mature and come on," Stoops said. "David Douglas and Juron have been great and Dan is starting to show up more and as good as he is, he needs to get on the same page with Nick (Foles) and understand each other a little bit better."
Arizona's run game did not do much, but Stoops believes that much of that will be able to improve with the growth of the offensive line as a whole.
"Our ability to run the football needs to improve," Stoops said. "I think that will come with the continued maturity of our offensive line. I think they need to get in the weight room and have a really positive 12 weeks here leading up to the first game.
"If we can get our line to continue to improve this spring we will have a chance to be a very complete offensive football team."
If there was one main concern after the game, it was the play of the defense. While there was some pass rush at times, the secondary had difficulty keeping up with the receivers.
"Defensively, we were not very good today," Stoops said. "We have been pretty good all spring. We did not play great today, but I feel good about that group."
Arizona's defense is still struggling to get healthy, as Shaquille Richardson, Adam Hall, and Justin Washington are still out with different injuries.
"Our injuries could be significant and that is concerning," Stoops said. "That is probably the only disappointing this of the whole spring."
Offense shines in Spring Game
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