Scrimmage Report

The Cougar football team made their way to LaVell Edwards Stadium for Friday's scrimmage, where former players were invited to watch their former team. For current players, it was their final opportunity to work out in full pads with full contact until the annual Blue and White Game, which will take place a week from Saturday.

"I think we got a lot accomplished," said head coach Bronco Mendenhall regarding Friday's scrimmage. "There was still some correction, but we had some situation work where we needed more emphasis, which we were able to work on. We were able to practice our goal line packages five times, where the offense scored three times and the defense held them twice, so I was happy with that."

Throughout the practice the team worked on certain situations that take place during a football game. Along with blue zone drills, goal line drills and back-against-the-goal line drills for the offense, the practice also saw extensive work done on kickoff coverage and returns, among other things.

Field Goal Drills

The team started the day lining up for field goal practice. Mitch Payne set up from 35 yards to start out, and then moved about 4 yards back before attempting his next kick. Payne progressed back to the 53-yard line to end the drill, which ended as the 53-yard attempt was true.

Payne finished going 5-of-6 on the day, with his only miss coming from about 45 yards out. Payne then participated in kickoff drills, in which most of his kickoffs went to about the 10-yard line.

Collie in the Corner

Throughout the day Max Hall was able to hit receiver Austin Collie time and again on corner routes. Hall hit Collie three times during the day in the corner of the end zone during 7-on-7 drills and during the full-contact scrimmage.

Two of Collie's touchdowns came during the goal line drills, while his one touchdown during 7-on-7s came as Hall dropped it perfectly to Collie in the right corner of the end zone from 30 yards out.

Collie also hit Manase Tonga from 3 yards out, finishing the day going 9-for-14 for 89 yards during full-contact work.

"It felt great out there," said Hall. "Our first live session didn't go very good, but we were able to execute some good things after that. We're not perfect, but we did a lot of good things today. I'm proud of how my guys played today."

Defensive Standouts

The defense had their moments as well, holding firm to keep the offense out of the end zone twice during goal line drills. Big plays were made by several players throughout the day.

-During 7-on7s, linebacker Shawn Doman was able to knock down a pass intended for Michael Reed in the back of the end zone.

-Jan Jorgensen dropped Wayne Latu in the backfield for a loss of two yards.

-Brett Denney then followed up with a similar play, hitting J.J. DiLuigi in the backfield for a loss.

-Brandon Howard was able to knock down a slant pass intended for Reed.

-Linebackers Coleby Clawson and Matt Bauman converged on Latu in the backfield to drop him for a loss.

Other Offensive Notables

-Tight ends Dennis Pitta and Andrew George both had successful outings. Pitta's biggest play came on a 23-yard pass from Hall, while George was able to sustain two huge hits across the middle and hang on to a pass for a7- yard completion.

-J.J. DiLuigi had successive runs for 11 and 5 yards during blue zone drills, showing good burst.

-Latu had a 3-yard touchdown run during which he was hit and wrapped up at the goal line, but was able to bull his way through and into the end zone.

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