QB Chris Todd showed good zip throwing a pass on target 40 yards in the scrimmage. That is good news for the coaches to see with Todd making a comeback from shoulder surgery.
"I thought we did some good things today," the senior says. "We were just trying to work on cleaning things up a little and I thought we did a good job. It felt pretty good out there today."
Todd, the projected starter, adds, "We're starting to get everything down a little more and the receivers and running backs are doing a good job so I think it's really starting to come together."
In other news and notes:
*Juco transfer Jay Wisner, a walk-on from Montana via junior college in California, opened with the first team at slot receiver and made multiple catches in the scrimmage.
*Tailback Onterio McCalebb had several nice runs in the scrimmage, but the freshman dropped a couple of passes he could have caught.
*Sophomore Mike Slade, who is the battle for a starting safety spot with returning starter Mike McNeil still out with an injury that is expected to cause McNeil to miss is the opener, says he is eager for the season to arrive. " I can't wait for the first game. The team as a whole is looking good--looking real good. We are all just excited to get back on the field."
*Junior defensive lineman Mike Goggans is also ready for the Sept. 5th opener vs. Louisiana Tech to arrive.
"I'm real excited to get back out there," he says. "The team is pretty jacked right now. We are just going out there and having fun. We made it through camp and now we're just trying to focus on the fundamental things."
Goggans adds, "We've still got some things to improve on but the defense, as a whole, did look better. I think we're prepared for the first game. We've still got some kinks in there, but overall we look much better.
*Darvin Adams, who has won praise from receivers coach Trooper Taylor this preseason, opened with the ones at wide receiver. He has an excellent chance to win a starting job.
*Freshman wide receiver DeAngelo Benton had a touchdown catch.
*Juco transfer Nick Fairley, who has been training at tackle and end, played a lot of end in Saturday's scrimmage.
*Another defensive lineman, Zach Clayton, was in shorts and did not scrimmage. The Tigers apparently got through the scrimmage, as Chizik hoped, with no more serious injury problems.