Five That Flashed: Offense

Surprising quarterback play, receivers coming through and a running back doing what he normally does -- a look at five offensive players that made noise in Saturday's spring game.

- Reilly O'Toole - The senior started with plenty of poise, leading the Blue Team to two touchdowns on it's opening two drives. O'Toole finished 12-for-17 for 126 yards and two touchdowns. He added 30 yards rushing, averaging over four yards a carry while effectively using the read-option on a few occasions.

A starting quarterback won't be named for some time, but O'Toole did all he could to show the public he's still in the race. He was his usual self in his post-game comments, humble as always.

"I did alright. Few plays here and there, you always have those plays you wish you had back," he said. "I took care of the ball which has been a key point for me this spring. I think I did a good job of that and just getting in the right plays."

- Justin Hardee - There's something about jump balls against cornerback Caleb Day that seem to work out for Hardee. In a similar scene that played out last week in the Springfield Scrimmage, Hardee outmaneuvered Day to catch a 41-yard pass from Wes Lunt, the longest completion of the day. Hardee finished with five receptions for 81 yards.

- Peter Bonahoom - The rising junior has yet to catch a pass in a real game, but he's a name you should probably get to know. The former walk-on caught seven passes for 95 yards, seemingly having no trouble adjusting as O'Toole and Lunt switched in and out for the Blue. The numbers have been in Bonahoom's favor for some time. Coach Tim Beckman was able to award him with a scholarship thanks to the number of graduating seniors in December. Coordinator Bill Cubit wants to use upwards of six receivers in the rotation this fall. Bonahoom stated his case this spring for admission into that group.

"Pete Bonahoom has busted his you-know-what for the years that I've been here, so we had an opportunity to have a scholarship available for this spring semester, and I gave it to Pete," Beckman said.

- Josh Ferguson - It wasn't the easiest assignment for the running backs on Saturday. There were only 11 healthy offensive linemen to being with, and splitting them up meant each had to essentially play the entire game. Ferguson made the most of his opportunities, rushing for 61 yards on 11 carries (5.5 yards per).

- Geronimo Allison - The JUCO newcomer asserted himself this spring, using his long frame and raw talent to prove he's ready to be a target in the fall. He let fans in attendance Saturday catch a glimpse of his high ceiling, hauling in an Orange team-high five catches for 46 yards.

Apparently Allison has already set his bar high. Beckman said it wasn't one of the wideout's best performances of the spring.

"Made a couple plays," Beckman said. "Probably wasn't as productive as he was in the couple other scrimmages. Again, he's going on his 15th practice."

Of note:
- Wes Lunt - 6-for-16, 99 yards, one interception.

"Probably didn't have as good a game as I've seen Wes have in the practices," Beckman said.

- Aaron Bailey - 9-for-13, 43 yards passing, 16 rushing, sacked four times.

"I feel like I've improved a lot," Bailey said. "I felt like my game progressed each day and that's what I'm going with, to get better each day."

- Chayce Crouch - 3-for-6, 23 yards.

- Devin Church - eight carries, 22 yards, one touchdown, three catches, 13 yards.


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