Wednesday's scrimmage, the final one before the start of the season, saw the starters sit and most of the reps go to the third- and fourth-team players on both sides of the ball. It was head coach Bronco Mendenhall's intent to see what he had backing up the starters and who would rise up to prove they could be counted on during game situations.
It wasn't the most well-executed scrimmage session observed, to put it mildly. Five of the six attempted punts ended in mass blown blocking assignments, leading to blocks.
Overall some good play was put forth by players such as O'Neill Chambers and J.J. DiLuigi on offense, but few others rose to Mendenhall's challenge, as the day was marred by blown assignments and ugly execution on the offensive end.
The defense fared a bit better, although there were several blown assignments in coverage which enabled quarterback Stephen Covey to hit a streaking DiLuigi as he ran all alone up the field. DiLuigi's long pass led to the only score of the day, which came via Covey running the ball in from 5 yards out.
The kicking game saw both Mitch Payne and Justin Sorensen connect from 56 yards out prior to the start of the scrimmage, while Spencer Hafoka and Luke Ashworth played the part of kick returner.
Bronco Mendenhall talked about the final team scrimmage.