Spring scrimmage report

The Cougars held their Spring Blue/White game in LaVell Edwards Stadium in front of about 12,000 fans on a beautiful day Saturday. As is to be expected, a number of key players saw limited or no action, including quarterback Taysom Hill. Meanwhile, the quarterbacks that did see action didn't have it easy, as all of them wore regular blue jerseys, meaning they were fair game to be tackled.

For the scrimmage, the Cougars were split up into a West team and an East team, which determined whether they were on the west or the east sidelines of LaVell Edwards Stadium. The West team started on offense, with the two teams alternating each series.

First series

Ammon Olsen led the way at quarterback to start the scrimmage for the West team. He completed passes to Jamaal Williams (twice), Skyler Ridley and Cody Raymond on the drive. Meanwhile, Williams and Paul Lasike shared rushing duties. Olsen scrambled a few times himself, including a run that went down to the 3-yard line to set up the offense with a first and goal. Williams then punched it in.

Second series

Christian Stewart started things off at quarterback for the East team. He should have had a huge pass play to a wide open Adam Hine running deep down the middle of the field, but Hine dropped the pass. Not deterred by the drop, Stewart completed two passes to Mike Edmunds and one each to Travis Frey and Taggart Kruegar before hitting Terenn Houk in the end zone for a touchdown.

Stewart, Nate Carter, Hine and AJ Moore all had carries on the drive.

Third series

Olsen directed the next drive, but was sacked by Tyler Beck on the second play. He made up for it and then some on the next play, however, by hitting Raymond deep downfield for a 49-yard gain. However, three straight incompletions (including a dropped pass) forced the end of the drive. Iona Pritchard had the lone carry on the drive but was stuffed.

Fourth series

Next, Tanner Mangum got his first action of the day. After he scrambled for four yards, Justin Blackmore sacked him on the next play. A Nate Carter rush for six yards wasn't enough to move the chains, thus quickly ending the drive.

Fifth series

With Olsen again in at quarterback, Lasike played a substantial role in the fifth series, running the ball four times for about 15 yards. Olsen only threw two passes on the drive, one of which was intentionally thrown out of bounds. He did complete a pass of about 15 yards to Apo. However, on the next play Olsen was sacked and appeared to get bent backwards awkwardly, thus injuring him. He eventually was able to get up and walk off the field, and early reports are that he suffered a partial PCL tear in his knee. It's not believed he will need any surgery, although he has yet to get an MRI.

Stewart took over at quarterback following Olsen's injury, but the drive stalled after Hine was tackled for no gain. Tyler Jackson then attempted a 45-yard field goal, which just barely snuck over the crossbar.

Sixth series

True freshman Billy Green then got in on the action, completing passes to Pritchard (twice), Edmunds, and Marcus Mathews. He got a rude introduction to Division I football, however, when he was sacked by Blackmore. An incompletion on the following play forced a punt.

Green, Pritchard and Moore all had carries on the drive.

Seventh series

Stewart led the next drive, although the star was Alani Fua, who batted a pass on first down and then sacked Stewart on second down. Cameron Comer almost came down with an interception of a deep pass on third down, but couldn't hold onto the ball as he hit the ground. Nevertheless, the offense had to punt.

Eighth series

Mangum returned on the next drive and completed passes to Apo, Carter (twice) Raymond and Marcus Mathews, before a Houk reception set the offense up on the 3-yard line. On the next play, Mangum was able to run into the end zone for the score. Carter and Moore also rushed the ball, albeit for minimal yards.

Ninth series

Mangum again led the way on the final drive of the scrimmage. Lasike once again got heavy action, getting one reception and two carries on the first three plays of the drive. Ridley then caught a pass, which was followed up by a quarterback keeper that got good yardage. Lasike then capped off the day in style by running for a 32-yard touchdown.

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