SCRIMMAGE: Offense scores, but D brings heat

A TRIO OF Beaver quarterbacks combined for six touchdown passes, but pressure was heavy on the OSU field generals all day in the 100-plus play scrimmage held on Friday. Quarterback Ryan Katz and flanker James Rodgers opened the session with a bang.

Ryan Katz went 9-for-21 for 122 yards with two TDs and didn't waste any time getting the offense on the board.

Katz connected with James Rodgers on a 65-yard touchdown pass on the very first play of the afternoon. Rodgers snared the comeback route and then evaded Beaver defenders all the way down the sideline.

"That play was nice to see," Mike Riley said. "On first-and-10 we have to be able to make that play if we get one-on-one coverage against James. We need to be able to complete that come-back and then if you don't do a good job on it (defense) you saw what James can do."

In addition to the Rodgers touchdown pass, Katz also hooked up on a 1-yard strike to tight end Brady Camp after running back Jovan Stevenson ran for 34 yards to set up the score. Katz was intercepted once on the day, by cornerback Brandon Hardin.

"We have probably scrimmaged more this spring than ever, since we are going Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but I think the players are pretty fresh," Riley said. "At the end I just wanted to get the young guys a chance to play. I wanted to see us make some plays, finish plays and just play football."

Peter Lalich was 5-for-8 for 37 yards, Cody Vaz was 10 of 15 for 169 yards and Jack Lomax went 9 of 18 for 137 yards. Vaz threw touchdown passes of 27 yards to Darrell Catchings and 9 yards to Aaron Nichols. Lomax's scores were both to receiver Mitch Singler, 12 and 13 yards.

But those numbers don't tell the whole story. The defense brought heat today and if the quarterbacks had been fair game, a number of passes would have been sacks instead.

"The quarterbacks made some plays today, but they had a lot of pressure,'' said Riley. "Too much pressure.. I'd like to see the tape today and go through everything. They got rushed a lot. I loved our speed our defense today. I thought Taylor Henry, Gabe (Miller) and Kevin Frahm produced a lot of pressure."

Henry had back-to-back sacks, along with several other big hits, including one by safety Cameron Collins on tight end Joe Halahuni in the middle of the field. Halahuni was slow to get up twice and suffered what Riley termed a mild ankle sprain after a 36-yard reception from Vaz.

Jovan Stevenson, 9-59-0; Jordan Jenkins, 8-24-0; Ryan McCants, 19-70-0; Markus Wheaton 1-5-0; Ryan Katz, 2-10-0

James Rodgers, 2-74-1; Markus Wheaton, 3-17-0; Joe Halahuni, 2-45-0; Jovan Stevenson, 2-17-0; Jordan Jenkins, 2-35-0; Darrell Catchings, 4-71-1; Aaron Nichols, 2-24-0; John Reese, 2-30-0; Geno Munoz, 3-37-0; Ryan McCants, 2-3-0; Brady Camp, 1-1-1; Garrett Hall, 1-7-0; Obum Gwacham, 1-7-0; Mitch Singler, 4-59-2; Kevan Walker, 1-15-0; Kevin Cummings, 1-8-0;

PASSING (Att-Comp-Int-Yds-TD)
Ryan Katz, 21-9-1-122-2; Peter Lalich, 8-5-0-37; Cody Vaz, 15-10-0-169; Jack Lomax, 18-9-0-137

James Rodgers, 65-yd pass from Ryan Katz
Darrell Catchings, 27-yard pass from Cody Vaz
Brady Camp 1-yard pass from Katz
Aaron Nichols, 9-yard pass from Vaz
Mitch Singler, 13-yard pass from Jack Lomax
Singler, 12-yard pass from Lomax
Justin Kahut, 42-yard field goal
Kahut 37-yard field goal

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