Scrimmage Notebook

Arizona held a scrimmage on Saturday and had an impressive offensive performance. Read on for the details of the scrimmage.

Arizona held a scrimmage Saturday and it was the offense that shined during the hot session. The defense brought a very basic attack and the offense took advantage more often than not. There were a few hiccups here and there for the offensive unit, but the group was able to move the ball consistently.

Quarterback Matt Scott was particularly sharp throwing the ball and the running backs virtually had their way with the defensive unit. The progression showed by the offense is an encouraging sign, but should also be taken with a grain of salt due to the vanilla approach from the defensive attack.

  • Scott completed 13 out of 20 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown. Scott, perhaps known for his legs rather than his arm, displayed impressive accuracy and appears to be acclimating to the offense nicely.

  • The running backs all provided solid production. Ka'Deem Carey led the attack, with 63 yards on just three carries. The soon-to-be sophomore has taken advantage of Rodriguez's system nicely since the new coach arrived. It is still early and Carey still has a lot to learn in the new system, but he has certainly made the transition look easy.

  • Daniel Jenkins is another player that has continued to thrive in the spring for UA. On Saturday, Jenkins concluded the session with five carries for 42 yards and a touchdown. Just like Carey, Jenkins has proven to be effective in the new scheme.

  • Greg Nwoko compiled 43 yards on four carries; Kylan Butler carried the ball nine times for 37 yards and two touchdowns; and Taimi Tutogi rushed for 29 yards and a score on nine touches. Each UA running back averaged four yards per carry or more during the scrimmage.

  • Receiver Tyler Slavin had an impressive afternoon with nine catches, 85 yards and a touchdown. Slavin was one of Scott's favorite targets and he didn't let the quarterback down, displaying excellent hands and sufficient strength.

  • The receivers as a unit played well. Sean Willet caught four passes for 28 yards. Walk-on Johnny Jackson was impressive with three receptions. Dan Buckner, Garic Wharton and David Richards all collected three catches as well.

  • One of the scrimmage's top moments came when Tra'Mayne Bondurant blocked a field goal attempt and Marquis Flowers picked it up and took it back for a touchdown. While the defense struggled at times, two players from that unit were able to come up big for a play on special teams.

  • Two standouts on defense were linebacker Hank Hobson and defensive tackle Willie Mobley. Hobson picked up a pair of sacks and Mobley collected three tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

  • There were a few encouraging signs during the scrimmage on both sides of the ball, but the approaches taken by both the offense and defense were simple. Not too much should be taken from the scrimmage, but the progression is a certain positive.

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