Jennings thrives in scrimmage

The Cats lost a running back on Saturday but likely found a worthy recipient of his scholarship. Chris Jennings was the star of the second scrimmage with the lone touchdown of the night.

Jennings, the walk-on JC transfer, took his first hand off of the night, found a huge hole and burst for a 50-yard score.

It was the only touchdown of the night.

Unofficially Jennings had 98 yards on just seven carries and a catch for 20-yards.

Jennings started the game working with the second team, but after picking up 77-yards on his first two touches, the Wildcat coaches gave him a few series with the first team and averaged over four yards a carry.

All told both sides of the ball looked good. The offense was able to move the ball, while the defense failed to surrender many big plays.

Arizona got some big performances from two unlikely receivers. Anthony Johnson and B.J. Dennard capped off solid camps with a good night. Both were the primary targets early on the first few possessions. The pair caught six of the Cats' first eight completions and led the Cats in receiving.

Johnson had seven catches for 51 yards, while Dennard had five grabs for 31 yards. Both made tough grabs, Dennard a diving snag and Johnson got belted by Cory Hall, but hung on for a first down. More importantly, neither had a drop.

The offense got their first score of the night on the third possession. Willie Tuitama led the first teamers on a 10 play drive that was capped off by 39-yard Nick Folk field goal. The offense benefited from a pass interference call on the drive's first play. Tuitama went deep to Syndric Steptoe and drew the penalty. Chris Henry rushed four times for 25 yards and Dennard had three receptions to move the offense.

A few possessions later it was Tuitama and the first team again. This time Folk booted a 43-yarder.

Jennings scored his touchdown on the next series with the second team and the coaches allowed the same unit to come right back out. This time Austin led the team into the defense's territory but stalled at the 23 and settled for another Folk field goal. Folk capped the scoring with a 47-yarder, again with Tuitama and the first team offense leading the way.

The running game was quite successful. Chris Henry had 39 yards on nine rushes. Xavier Smith had 25 yards on 12 carries, but did have a fumble.

NOTES
*A few players were held out of the game, but Mike Stoops noted that most, if not all, of them would have played had it been a real game situation. The most notable absences were OL Peter Graniello and DB Michael Johnson.

*Michael Klyce got the start in place of Johnson. Dominic Patrick got the start at free safety what is still a hotly contested spot.

*Cory Elmore and D'aundre Reed have still not been cleared by the NCAA but were on the sideline in street clothes and allowed to sign autographs during the fan appreciation event before the game.

*Several local recruits were on hand, including Kris O'Dowd.


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