Arizona had numerous impressive performances on Saturday. Read on to see who did well, what Arizona needs to work on, and more.
's scrimmage on Saturday started a bit slow offensively, but started to pick up as the day went on. By the end of the day, the offense had outplayed the defense and there was plenty to take away from the performance.
Offensively, you have to be comfortable putting the ball in Matt Scott's hands. He completed 22 of 35 passes for 315 yards and four touchdowns while also not throwing an interception. Scott has not run all spring because the coaches want to keep his contact limited, but he has been passing very well.
If Scott can throw the ball effectively, he is going to be a dynamic player because we already know he can run. The success of this offense in its first year may be better than people think because Scott is at the helm. If he was not, the learning curve may have been even bigger than it is now.
Saturday's rushing averages were not great, although there were a few impressive performances. Arizona's backs ran 41 times for 196 yards, which comes out to an average of 3.5 yards per carry. Taimi Tutogi had a 34-yard run and Daniel Jenkins had a 23-yard run that accounted for much of the overall yardage.
The defense played well on Saturday, but the coaching staff is definitely going to want to see bigger gains. The good part about the numbers is that the backs that did not average a nice gain per carry were the ones that likely will not play much. Tutogi had 20.5, Jenkins five and Ka'Deem Carey 5.5. If those guys can put up those averages each game, the offense is going to be explosive.
Walk-on Johnny Jackson continues to make a major movement towards playing time. If he continues to play like this, you have to think that a scholarship will not be too far behind. He dropped a ball or two, but still finished with five grabs for 90 yards. It will be interesting to see if he can continue his performance and hold off the others this summer because, if he can, Jackson should get plenty of opportunities during the season.
As of now, Tyler Slavin is probably the best receiver on the team, as he finished Saturday with five catches for 51 yards and three touchdowns. Slavin really picked it up in the red zone drills and seems to be Scott's main target right now. When you ask the coaches and players who the biggest breakout of the spring is, many of them say Slavin. Saturday's performance is a solid indication of why.
Tra'Mayne Bondurant finished with six tackles and forced a fumble as he continues to impress. This defense is perfect for him, because it allows Bondurant to play to his strengths. Often times on Saturday, he rushed the quarterback and other times he was effective in coverage as well. It would be a surprise if Bondurant is not one of the better players on the defense, because it just makes too much sense.
Willie Mobley may have been the best defensive lineman on Saturday, as he finished with four tackles, two of which came for a loss and one that was a sack. Mobley came to Arizona as a highly regarded player and fits the scheme well because of his size. The defensive line does not have a ton of depth, so an emergence by Mobley would help a ton.
Arizona has come a long way since the start of the spring, but still has a ways to go. The offense is working on picking up the tempo and every player on Arizona knows that there is work that needs to be done in that regard. The defense looked fine on Saturday, but it was still vanilla and should be much better once it is allowed to attack like it is supposed to.