The offense rebounds

The Wildcat offense showed vast improvement in the final team scrimmage before Arizona travels to San Diego for their season opener. The running game was strong as the Cats scored six rushing touchdowns on the night.

Things were still a bit sloppy, but an overall offensive improvement was shown.

"Our offense improved a little bit, but our defense didn't play as well," John Mackovic said.

Jason Johnson played well. The starting quarterback went 7-12 for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Another pair of passes were dropped by the intended receiver.

Johnson led the first team offense to a score on the unit's first drive. After three straight rushes of over 10-yards, Malosi Leonard turned a short screen into a thirty-eight yard touch down.

The running backs not only fared well on the initial drive, but throughout the contest. Clarence Farmer rushed nine times and picked up 54 yards. Farmer punched two runs into the endzone. His first score came on a nine-yard run where he wasn't touched by a single defensive player. Farmer also scored late in the scrimmage while the team worked on their goal line schemes. The second score went for 4 yards. Farmer also chipped in with two receptions for 22-yards, including one that went for 27-yards.

"Right now I feel I'm playing decent," Farmer said. "I'm trying to make it better. I always want to get better."

Fellow runners Leo Mills and Tremaine Cox put in good performances as well. Mills picked up 50 yards on five carries and also scored a two-yard touchdown during the goal line situations. Cox had 58 yards on two carries and had two other long runs called back due to penalties.

"We're going to count on him a lot," Mackovic said of Cox.

Cliff Watkins also fared well. Watkins connected on 6 of 12 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns. The first strike was the big play of the night. Watkins hit receiver Brandon Marshall in stride as he streaked down the left sideline. Marshall had the ball dislodged, but held onto the ball long enough for the 46-yards touchdown. Later in the scrimmage Watkins hit a diving Ricky Williams on a 25-yards score.

Austin Uku was helped off the field with a knee injury. The prognosis is that it is only a mild sprain. Other players held out include Makoa Freitas, Keoki Fraser and Anthony Fulcher. All three will return to practice this weekend.

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