Scrimmage concludes Tuesday practice

Things got mighty interesting at Tuesday's football practice. The Cats decided to conclude things with a scrimmage. There were some big plays on both sides of the ball, as well as an announcement after practice.

After practice Mike Stoops met with the media and confirmed that Kris Heavner currently held the No. 2 quarterback spot.

"Kris has played well and it looks like he will hold that position unless something changes in the next scrimmage," Stoops said.

The Cats finished practice with a scrimmage. There was no tackling, but other than that it was full contact and full go.

Willie Tuitama was able to move the offense on the first drive, but things stalled in the defense's territory. The offense drove down to the 20 but could not convert on third and three when Jennings' run was stuffed by Wildcat linebackers.

B.J. Dennard was the star of the second series. Kris Heavner was under center and after a false start penalty found Dennard on three straight plays. Dennard picked up 5, 23 and 35 yards. The Cats again faced third and three inside the 20 but Corey Hall intercepted the Heavner pass and raced the length of the field for a score.

Tuitama took the reigns for drive number three. He led the Cats to a pair of first downs but two incompletions and a Louis Holmes sack ended the drive near midfield.

A Xavier Smith run sparked Heavner's next drive. He burst up the middle for 30 yards. The Cats converted on a fourth and two, only to back up 10 yards due to a holding penalty.

However, Nicolas Grigsby got all the penalty yardage back, plus an extra yard when he hauled in a screen pass and raced 11 yards. Heavner found Dennard for eight yards to set up a third and short and the offense converted with a short run.

The redzone offense was far more effective this time. On the first play Heavner tossed a perfect pass to Mike Turner at the goal line for an easy score.

The next drive started out poorly, with a pass batted down at the line by Jason Parker. A short run gave the Cats third and long. Anthony Johnson got behind the Wildcat defense and Tuitama hit him in stride for a 76-yard score.

Tuitama was back as the quarterback for the next drive but it ended three plays later with Holmes' second sack.

After that the Cats went to the 2:00 drill. The first series ended like the prior one did, in three plays with a sack by Holmes to close things out.

Tuitama came back out for the final 2:00 drive. Starting at their own 25 Tuitama completed two quick pass to get our to the 40. He threw a tough pass to Mike Thomas on the right sideline, which the junior receiver hauled in and got out of bounds.

Two short passes led to a third and short, where Tuitama found Johnson for a yard more than they needed. A quick spike stopped the clock and Jason Bondzio came out for the "game winning" field goal. Bondzio's 44 yarder snuck over the cross bar with not a lot of room to spare.

STATS (as per UA Media Relations):


Tuitama: 16-22, 181yds, TD
Heavner: 10-13, 122yds, TD, INT
Total: 26-35, 303yds, 2 TD, INT

Rushing (sacks not included)

Jennings: 8-44yds
Smith: 4-10yds
Grigsby: 1-1yd
Mike Turner: 1-5yds
Heavner: 1-3yds


Johnson: 5-101yds, TD
Dennard: 5-76yds
Reese: 5-46yds
Jennings: 4-11yds
Dean: 2-12yds
Mike Turner: 1-20yds, TD
X. Smith: 1-12yds
Grigsby: 1-11yds
Thomas: 1-11yds
Barkum: 1-3yds
Rivera: 1-3yds

Defensive Stats (tackles not counted)

Louis Holmes: 3 sacks
Jason Parker: 1 PBU, "tackle" of Tuitama for no gain on fourth down
Corey Hall: 87-yard INT return for TD

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