Another Competition Saturday

Saturday's practice was another competition day that featured a scrimmage. This scrimmage however was slightly different as the team had officials on hand and pumped crowd noise into the stadium in an attempt to simulate a real game as much as possible.

Saturday's practice was another competition day that featured a scrimmage. This scrimmage however was slightly different as the team had officials on hand and pumped crowd noise into the stadium in an attempt to simulate a real game as much as possible.

Coach Butch Jones said the reason for the artificial crowd noise was to cut down on some of the verbal communications and give the team to work on its hand signals.

Once again the defense won the scrimmage, this time 64-36. The offense did show some life towards the end with both the first and second teams scoring touchdowns on their final drives.

The defense was stout against the run most of the afternoon with all of the running backs finding little room to run.

Despite two good performances in scrimmage scenarios, co-defensive coordinator Tim Banks said the defense still has a ways to go.

"We've had our moments, but we aren't anywhere near where we need to be in terms of our execution, in terms of our effort, and in terms of our toughness," Banks said. "To be honest with you, I didn't pay much attention to what the scoreboard said; I was just looking at how hard we played. And right now we're not playing as hard as we need to play to reach the expectations, not just of what I've set, but what we set collectively as a defense and I think the defense understands that."

The defensive line was able to get good pressure on the quarterbacks most of the scrimmage. At one point junior Steve Hancock rushed right around the right tackle to pressure Chazz Anderson. On a later play he looked as though he was going to do it again, but got held. The penalty nullified a touchdown pass.

The offense did have its moments though, highlighted mainly by Kenbrell Thompkins. At one point Thompkins got behind Reuben Johnson and Zach Collaros threw a nice pass to hit Thompkins in the back of the end zone for 20-yard touchdown.

After the previously mentioned holding call, Thompkins made back-to-back catches to keep the drive alive and move the chains for the offense.

The play of the day probably belonged to Marcus Barnett. Barnett found some room and Anderson found him with a bit of a high pass. Barnett leapt into the air and made and athletic catch for the touchdown.

After the practice Jones said the offense still needs work, and once again called the offense "sloppy."

"We've got to get better on offense, plain and simple," Jones said. "We've got to get better as a football team every day. We know where we need to be, we know where we should be, but that's what spring football is for and we'll continue to strive to get better each and every day."


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