Scrimmage shows some good, some bad

The first full scrimmage of training camp was a mixed bag for the Wildcats. Each unit showed a lot of inconsistencies, but in the end there are some things to be very pleased about and some big concerns as well. The coaches have a lot to build upon, but also have some things to correct in the weeks ahead.

It is hard to get a good gauge on exactly what the Wildcats will bring to the field in two weeks against NAU. Several first teamers played sparingly and the offense seemed to play things close to the vest.

Although Jason Johnson played reasonably well, it was the back-up quarterbacks who made the big plays. Ryan O'Hara completed less than 50% of his passes, but threw for three touchdowns. With the offense scuffling, O'Hara opened things up and connected with Gens Goodman on a 46-yard gain. Three plays later the freshman executed a perfect play-fake roll-out pass and hit Matt Padron for a one-yard score.

O'Hara showcased his arm when he found Biren Ealy for a 33-yard touchdown. The freshman receiver split two Wildcat defensive backs, pulling in a perfectly thrown pass from O'Hara. O'Hara's final touchdown pass came compliments of little-known Josh Duncan. O'Hara hit the walk-on on a quick hitter and the receiver slipped two would-be tacklers and stumbled into the endzone.

Costa was 8-of-15 for 94 yards and a score. At one point Costa completed six passes in a row. Unfortunately, Costa was "sacked" four times for a loss of 41 yards. In a real game at least two of the sacks would not have occurred as it looked like the speedy Costa had avoided the pass rush. However, in the non-contact drill the play was blown dead. Costa also threw an interception to Tony Wingate who was in the open field when the play was whistled dead.

Johnson was a respectable 5-of-9 for 51 yards. Johnson took the least amount of plays of the three signal callers with only 18 snaps. Costa had 26 and O'Hara had 32.

Mike Bell was the hard luck player of the game. Bell rushed for 21 yards on just five rushes. Unfortunately for the redshirt freshman runner he had three runs of over 10 yards called back due to holding calls. Gainus Scott had a game high 31 yards on seven carries. True freshman Beau Carr had 28 yards on five carries, including a 25-yard run.

The defense had its moments as well. They were particularly effective in stopping the inside rushing game. On one sequence they kept the offense from converting a first down on three straight plays from just a yard away.

Marcus Smith continued to impress. The athletic defensive end was a terror on the pass rush and showcased his diversity by lining up at linebacker as well.

The special teams was a mixed bag. Sean Keel connected on his first two field goals, but missed his next two from 47 and 43 after connecting from 33 and 44. Nick Folk missed one and made one, and also made all three PAT attempts. Bobby Gill was under the weather and did not kick.


Keel 33-yard field goal
Keel 44-yard field goal
Padron 1 yards from O'Hara (Folk kick)
Thurman 25 yards from Costa (Folk kick
Ealy 33 yards from O'Hara (Folk kick)
Duncan 19 yards from O'Hara (Folk 40-yard FG in place of PAT)


Johnson 5-9-51; Costa 8-15-94 1 td, 1 int; O'Hara 8-18-122, 3 tds

Farmer 3-(minus 5); Bell 5-21; Scott 7-31; Chris Harris 7-18; Carr 5-28; Thurman 1-(minus 11); Costa 4-(minus 41); O'Hara 1-(minus 5)

Wade 1-24; Thurman 3-44; Padron 2-7; Flemming 1-19; Goodman 1-46; Ealy 2-50; Duncan 1-19; Farmer 2-11; Bell 3-20; Gilbert Harris 1-7

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