QUARTERBACKS (Grade: B+) – Matt Grothe, Grant Gregory and B.J. Daniels combined to go 14-for-19 for 220 yards and two touchdowns. Daniels threw the ball nicely and looked more comfortable than Gregory throwing the football and the numbers showed. Both backups had bad turnovers with Daniels' fumble being returned for a touchdown. Grothe is very much implanted as the starter if there was any doubt.
RUNNING BACKS (Grade: A-) – A dozen Bulls recorded at least one carry on Saturday and gained 300 yards. Ben Williams had the longest run of the game (45 yards). Moise Plancher was able to get back on the field and looked very good with 66 yards and a couple of scores on just eight carries. Jamar Taylor also ran hard and Mike Ford got a rather surprising 15 carries but didn't break any for big gains.
WIDE RECEIVERS (Grade: B+) – The Bulls passed 19 times compared to 52 rushes but the receivers did a great job of downfield blocking and limiting mistakes. A.J. Love has a lot of star potential and everyone had to be happy with what Dontavia Bogan did when he touched the football. Jessie Hester continues to have a nose for the end zone.
OFFENSIVE LINE (Grade: A+) – No major injuries? Good.
DEFENSIVE LINE (Grade: B) – The Skyhawks gained less than 100 yards and that wasn't a surprise. Craig Marshall had a team-high 1.5 tackles for loss. George Selvie missed a few sacks by a step but delivered great pressure along with the rest of his line mates during their half of work. A lot of linemen got work on Saturday and that was a good thing.
LINEBACKERS (Grade: B+) – Kion Wilson was fine in his first game replacing Ben Moffitt as he was in on four tackles and added a pass breakup. Tyrone McKenzie recorded the Bulls' only sack of the game and had a team-high five solo tackles. Sabbath Joseph was also very active getting in on five tackles and recording a TFL.
SECONDARY (Grade: A) – Nate Allen will be an All-American this year if he can stay healthy. He's that good and his ability and experience is a major plus for the new rotation of cornerbacks. Carlton Williams, another backfield veteran, had the Bulls' only interception. My man Quenton Washington recorded the first two tackles and tackle for loss in his collegiate career.
SPECIAL TEAMS (Grade: A)
– Delbert Alvarado was 8-for-8 on extra points and pinned the Skyhawks inside the 20 on the only punt he made Saturday.
Everything went as expected as the team got a chance to work out some rust and get all the assignments down. There's a much different aura about this team. They expect big things this season and it showed in the way this game was "business as usual" for the program.
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