Scrimmage Report 8/22

Saturday's scrimmage had a lot of defensive starters held out for the most part, while the offensive starters only saw two series of reps. The ones on offense took full advantage of those reps by driving the length of the field on both occasions for scores.

First Series

Max Hall took the first-team offense the length of the field, completing all of his seven passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Hall finished up the drive with a 24-yard pass to O'Neill Chambers on 3rd-and-17 and followed it up immediately with a 26-yard touchdown toss to Dennis Pitta.

"I had my guys on the first drive, and when I have my guys we work well and we usually score," said Hall. "We feel like we can score on anyone and we expect ourselves to convert on every occasion."

Hall's other passes went to Luke Ashworth, Andrew George and Tucker Lamb, while he also hit Pitta on the first play of the series.

On defense Jordan Pendleton was the standout player, accounting for a sack and then a tackle for a loss when he closed in on a screen pass to J.J. Di Luigi.

"I had a couple of real good plays, but I'm not satisfied at all with how we did," said Pendleton. "You just can't let the offense convert on long third downs like we did. We did some things well, but we need more stops. We had them and then we screwed up, so it didn't really matter all the good things we did well; they scored. I did like a lot of the things we did though, but we need to get more consistent."

Second and Third Series

The second series ended abruptly with a three-and-out, with Riley Nelson's only pass attempt falling incomplete.

The third series of reps had Max Hall working with a lot of the second-team position players. Hall went 7-of-8 during the set for 67 yards and a touchdown pass to Brett Thompson. Jordan Atkinson accounted for the one defensive highlight by recording a sack.

"To me, that was the best part of today," said Hall about the second set. "I didn't have my guys, but wow, Brett Thompson stepped up big and had three catches and it was great seeing those guys work hard [and] complete their assignments. I expect that from my first-team guys, but to see my second-team guys work like that? It's exciting."

Thompson actually caught four passes during the set for a combined 29 yards, while Ashworth had the longest pass of the set when he hauled in a 20-yarder across the middle.

The Rest of It

Nelson continued to have problems with getting the second-team offense in gear and finished the day without completing a single pass.

Brenden Gaskins did see some success during one of his two sets, going 3-of-6 for 41 yards. That included a 25-yard pass to tight end Mike Muehlmann. The drive ended with Mitch Payne failing to connect on a 42-yard field goal attempt.

"Our young guys did outstanding I thought," observed Brett Denney, who was held out for most of the scrimmage. "It was great sitting back and watching them stop the offense and hold them to three-and-outs. Those guys have been working very hard, guys like Vic So'oto, Matt Putnam and all the others, I couldn't be more happy with how they did today."

Scrimmage Notes

-Quarterbacks Brad Sorensen and Josh Hamblin got their first work during live situations on Saturday, but were unable to move the offense. Sorensen's lone pass attempt was picked off by linebacker Jared Richardson and returned for a touchdown.

-J.J. Di Luigi had his shoulder wrapped with ice after sustaining a hit, but it isn't believed to be serious.

-Vic So'oto again showed very well, accounting for two tackles for a loss.

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