"Coach Inge has got a real good personality," Manupuna said Saturday. "He's real disciplined, real detailed. He focuses on us getting off the ball and little things that are really important. He focuses on every player and what we need individually."
Inge replaced Chris Wilson, who left to coach the defensive ends at Oklahoma during the offseason.
Q: Are you feeling comfortable these days?
William Inge: Yeah. I think the guys are helping me feel comfortable and making the transition go as smooth as possible.
Q: About today, how did your unit do?
WI: I think we did OK. Obviously there are some things that we can work on. Some guys progressed, some guys progressed a lot. I think the true test will be once we have the opportunity to look at the film. On the surface it looked as though we competed.
Q: Alonzo Barrett, he seemed pretty active today.
WI: Yes. And that's one thing that I've been trying to get out of all the guys — to understand the importance of a relentless pass rush, attacking off the ball and moving the line of scrimmage. Those are some of the goals we set for ourselves this spring and he definitely lived up to those when the pass rush time came along.
Q: Do you have a good sense now about each player's strengths and weaknesses?
WI: Yeah. I think I'm getting a better sense of knowing all the pros and cons all my players face when they're on the football field. And the best thing is I'm also learning about them personally. That's the best thing for us as a group.
Jackson, Barrett shine in scrummage
Coaches are looking for some new playmakers to emerge this spring, and Saturday, two young Buffs in particular — Bernard Jackson and Alonzo Barrett — made big plays.
Sophomore quarterback Bernard Jackson wowed the crowd of roughly 250 onlookers with a 78-yard jaunt around the left side for a touchdown against the second-team defense. He also threw a perfect floater to receiver Marcus Gonzales, who caught the ball in stride and found the end zone on the play. Jackson also showed an ability to throw on the run when he booted right and hit tight end Tyson DeVries in the back of the end zone with a bullet.
Jackson, who is battling James Cox for the No. 2 quarterback position behind Joel Klatt, ended the day 4-of-9 passing for 63 yards and two touchdowns. He led all rushers with five carries for 94 yards.
It's becoming obvious that the Buffs will develop some packages for Jackson and plan to use him in the fall in certain situations, if not on a regular basis.
"There's no question he's putting himself in the hunt here," Gary Barnett said. "He's going to give us a different dimension. What we've got to do with him is keep developing him in the base part of the offense so that he's as effective in that part of it as he is in pulling the ball down and running."
Cox, meanwhile, went 6 for 8 for 42 yards, but was sacked five times. Klatt was 8 of 13 for 119 yards and one touchdown and earned the praise of Barnett.
On the other side of the ball, sophomore Barrett wreaked havoc in the offensive backfield whenever he was in the game. Coming from his defensive end spot, Barrett had five sacks, two third-down stops and forced a fumble.
"The whole thing was for us to come out of here hopefully with at least three guys who can play on the end spot. We've got to develop another one. Right now, James (Garee) is going to have to roll in and out. We're hoping one of the young (freshmen) comes in and helps us or one of the young guys (already here) steps it up between now and the fall."
Blake Mackey warmed up but was held out as a precautionary measure, still recovering from a knee injury. …Dusty Sprague looked exceptional on a number of pass plays, including one where he got between Lorenzo Sims and Ryan Walters for a big gain, and another where he beat Dominique Brooks down the middle of the field and hauled in a touchdown grab. …None of the tailbacks broke much of anything Saturday. …Walters was running with the ones at safety alongside Brooks. …Brian Iwuh went down early in the scrimmage with an ankle sprain. He sat out the rest of the afternoon, but it isn't thought to be serious. Brad Jones replaced him with the first-team defense, and Ben Carpenter then played with the twos. Carpenter made several plays, including two in a row where he tackled Brandon Caesar behind the line of scrimmage.
Rushing (39-175): Jackson 5-94, Caesar 7-16, Charles 10-16, Ellis 9-15, Vickers 4-13, Enright 5-11, Cox 2-9, Klatt 1-1; (stats do not reflct 6 sacks for minus 30 yards).
Passing (30-18-0, 224, 3 td): Klatt 13-8-0, 119, 1 td; Jackson 9-4-0, 63, 2 td; Cox 8-6-0, 42, 0 td.
Receiving (18-224): Gonzales 3-55, Sprague 2-93, DeVree 2-14, Vickers 2-6, Crawford 1-9, Enright 1-9, Joseph 1-9, Klopfenstein 1-8, Charles 1-6, Creighton 1-6, Sypniewski 1-6, Cox 1-4, Ellis 1-minus 1.
Tackles: Barrett 6,0-6; Dizon 6,0-6; T.Washington 4,1-5; Carpenter 4,0-4; Hollis 4,0-4; Brooks 3,1-4; Sims 3,1-4; Dawn 2,2-4; Sanders 3,0-3; Walters 3,0-3; Wright 1,2-3; Ligon 2,0-2; B.Jones 2,0-2; Z.Jones 2,0-2; Burl 1,1-2; 11 with 1.
Tackles For Loss (14-41): Barrett 5-22, Carpenter 3-6, Ligon 1-8, B.Jones 1-1, Z.Jones 1-1, Sanders 1-1, Sims 1-1, Wright 1-1.
Quarterback Sacks (6-30): Barrett 5-22, Ligon 1-8.
Third Down Stops (8): Barrett 2, Dawn 1, Hollis 1, B.Jones 1, Sims 1, T.Washington 1, V.Washington 1.
Fumble Recoveries (1): Sanders.
Forced Fumbles (2): Barrett, Sherman.
Passes Broken Up (6): Henderson 2, B. Jones, Sanders, Sherman, Sims.
Hurries (3): Carpenter, M.Jones, Sanders.
Field Goals (3-3): Crosby 2-2 (29,34); Garden 1-1 (35).
PAT Kicks (5-5): Garden 3-3, Crosby 2-2.