Following that drive, reserve players were inserted into the scrimmage to allow depth chart battles to play out. In the competition for #2 QB, RS Soph Kyle Reed appeared to grab the upper hand as he led the offense on a long TD drive while RS Frosh Kevin Riley was afflicted with dropped balls and penalties.
Among the running backs, two lesser known players made the most of their opportunities. Frosh Shane Vereen displayed great quickness and feel for running on his way to a 50 yard performance. Redshirt freshman Tracy Slocum was also impressive and seems to have added some outside running ability to his north-south power.
Special Teams play was marked by good performances from PK Tom Schneider who hit kickoffs into the end zone from the new mark at the 30 yard line and was 3-4 on FG tries only missing a 51 yard attempt. Two kickoffs were returned for TDs by Frosh Jahvid Best and Senior Brandon Hampton though they both came late in practice against less than full force coverage.
The offense definitely had the better day even though they played without the benefit of Matt Malele and Syd’Quan Thompson who sat out to allow the reserves to have their reps. This showed as the first team defense put little pressure on Longshore via the pass rush, and receivers were able to break free in the well executed pass attack.
Some informal stats:
|Longshore||4-4, 47 yards|
|Reed||7-12, 60 yards|
|Riley||4-13, 50 yards, TD|
|Van Meter||1-4, 2 yards|
|Mansion||4-6, 25 yards|
|Forsett||4 carries 23 yards, TD|
|Montgomery||5 carries 28 yards|
|Slocum||5 carries, 42 yards, TD|
|Vereen||9 carries, 50 yards, TD|
|Best||6 carries, 21 yards|
|Tyndall||1 carry, 8 yards|
|Smith||1 carry, 4 yards|
|Holley||1 carry, 8 yards|
|Jackson||2 rec, 33 yards|
|Jordan||1 rec, 7 yards|
|Young||3 rec, 50 yards, TD|
|Best||2 rec, 19 yards|
|Vereen||2 rec, 14 yards|
|Tau'u'ofo||1 rec, 7 yards|
|Morrah||1 rec, 8 yards|
|Calvin||2 rec, 17 yards|
|Lagemann||1 rec, 4 yards|
|Garrett||1 rec, 0 yards|
Jordan Kay had a day that did not measure up to his previous efforts, both missing field goals and putting a kickoff 10 yards short of the goal line. One of his punt attempts was blocked - but these things happen late in scrimmages as a variety of personnel play.
Kyle Reed showed excellent composure on several long roll-out passing plays, precisely hitting down field receivers with one foot still in bounds as they fell outside the stripe.
On one drop back pass, when the pass rush surrounded Longshore on all sides, he stepped up into a clear space at the front of the pocket and hit a nice down field pass. The move was smoother and more confident than we remember seeing from him in the past. He's gaining confidence out there.
Brock Mansion throws a soft pass, but with good accuracy. He hit at least two sharp passes to the sidelines, right on the money.
Several of Riley's passes were overthrown as receivers streaked down field, but he showed good poise in the pocket and good field vision. One asset: after taking a snap, he drops back into his passing posture very quickly.
Red shirt freshman tight end Garry Graffort made a nice catch, showing off good hands and balance when he had to reach back to about knee height to reel in a Mansion pass.
[Photo Note: The footballs shown in the image above have a cord and a handle attached. These are used in drills where one player attempts to knock the ball out of the hands of another. With success comes the need to retrieve the dropped ball - hence the cords.]
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