Spring scrimmage report

On Saturday the BYU football team held its spring scrimmage at LaVell Edwards Stadium, while about 7,500 fans watched from the stands. Less of a traditional Blue and White spring game and more an extended practice, the scrimmage was simply offense versus defense instead of splitting the Cougars into two competing teams and keeping score like in past years. Meanwhile, many starters were held out.

After warm-ups, position drills and skeli drills, the Cougars began their scrimmage. The scrimmage featured eight different series, two for each quarterback that played. Starter Riley Nelson, like many fellow first-teamers, was held out.

As one might expect, the defense continued the general superiority over the offense that has been seen for much of spring camp. Both sides of the ball were missing starters, but not having Nelson was certainly a big disadvantage for the offense.

Coach Mendenhall said the offense's struggles weren't surprising, given that the same group of offensive linemen played throughout the scrimmage, whereas the defense was able to rotate bodies more. Some penalties and drops also hurt the offense.

During his two series, James Lark completed 3-of-8 passes for 34 yards. His first series was hurt by a couple offensive penalties, and he missed a big opportunity on his second drive when he just overthrew a wide open Skyler Ridley downfield. It would have been a sure touchdown.

Taysom Hill completed 2-of-3 passes on the day for 4 yards. Most of his damage, however, was done on the ground. After the scrimmage Coach Mendenhall noted that Hill is already one of the fastest players on the team, and Hill put his wheels on display a little bit by scrambling three times for 22 yards.

Ammon Olsen completed 1-of-3 passes for a mere 2 yards. Alex Kuresa rounded out the quarterback group, going 1-of-4 for 6 yards and scrambling once for 9 yards. He was intercepted by Mike Hague on the first play of his first series directing the offense.

With Michael Alisa not playing and Joshua Quezada receiving limited reps (rushing twice for 11 yards and catching a pass for 6 yards), Adam Hine got the bulk of the work at running back. He responded by rushing 6 times for 17 yards. He was met hard on one run, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Robbie Buckner. Hine was shaken up on the play and had to be helped off the field, but it did not appear to be anything serious.

Dallin Cutler caught two passes on the day for 16 yards. During one of Olsen's drives, Cutler almost made a spectacular leaping catch down the sideline, but O'Neill Chambers was able to dislodge the ball from him and force the incompletion.

Defensive lineman Mike Muehlmann was the defensive standout of the day, batting down a couple passes at the line of scrimmage and sacking both Olsen and Kuresa. Ezekiel Ansah could have also been credited for the sack against Olsen.

Jray Galea'i jumped a Lark pass intended for Hine out in the flat, breaking up the play and almost getting an interception.

The Cougars will close out spring camp by practicing next Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


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