Although Friday's scrimmage was more of a walk-through, there was plenty to be learned by it. Read on to see who started, what freshmen will likely play, and much more.
Friday's scrimmage was more of a walk-through than anything, but it did allow us to make a few observations one week before the season starts.
There were no major surprises among the starters on offense. Matt Scott started at quarterback of course with Ka'Deem Carey and Taimi Tutogi joining him in the backfield. The offensive line from left to right was Mickey Baucus, Chris Putton, Kyle Quinn, Trace Biskin, and Fabbians Ebbele. At receiver was Terrence Miller and Dan Buckner with Richard Morrison in the slot.
Ebbele has come a long way considering he missed the spring and Quinn had plenty of positive things to say about him.
"He's a really big guy and he throws his weight around and just runs people over," Quinn said. "It's great to have him back out there. He's really matured. He's starting to emerge as one of the younger leaders on the team. His presence is felt every time he is out there on the field with us."
Considering there was no tackling, it was difficult to gain too much from the offense. It does appear that David Richards, Sean Willet, Johnny Jackson, Tyler Slavin, and Austin Hill will be the main receivers involved with the second and third units.
On defense, Marquis Flowers' move to linebacker became official and it is not a special package type of deal, as it appears that he is now a legitimate every down linebacker.
"We've gotten faster moving Marquis there," Rodriguez said. "He was willing to do that. Marquis is a team guy and he loves football. I'm excited to watch him there.
"We need a lot of things - we need to get faster and bigger on defense, and he certainly makes us faster when we move him."
Flowers looked strong at linebacker and the move makes sense considering what his overall strengths as a player are.
The defensive line may have been the unit that was the most up in the air going into Friday night's scrimmage. Tevin Hood started at tackle and Dominique Austin and Reggie Gilbert were at defensive end. On third down, Taimi Tutogi came in and Kirifi Taula acted as the tackle as Arizona switched things around a bit.
As far as the rest of the positions go, Hank Hobson and Jake Fischer were alongside Flowers at linebacker. Shaq Richardson and Jonathan McKnight were at corner and then Jourdon Grandon, Tra'Mayne Bondurant, and Jared Tevis rounded out the defense.
The biggest positive of this defense is that the formation allows Arizona to have its best players on the field at once. It took some moving around, but there are very capable players that will be running with the first unit and if they are picking everything up, it has the potential to surprise a few people.
Before the scrimmage, Rodriguez said that there would be plenty of freshmen getting time and if you go by who ran with the scout team and who did not, the following should play in some capacity this season: J.T. Washington, Kyle Kelley, Keoni Bush-Loo, Bryan Harper, Wayne Capers, Yamen Sanders, Will Parks, Jamar Allah, Dakota Conwell, Vince Miles, Shadow Williams, and Cayman Bundage. Javelle Allen was helping with the offensive play-calling, but it would still be a surprise if he got any actual snaps.