The Bruins scrimmaged for 60-plus plays at the end of practice Dunday, with some solid plays by the defense, including a huge hit by Jordan Zumwalt to stop Malcolm Jones on a 4th-and-2 play and a nice pick by Courtney Viney. Quarterback Brett Hundley also took a solid step forward in the offense, making two checks that he would not have made week or so ago leading to positive plays.
The first play by Hundley was a blitz check, with cornerback Brandon Sermons coming off the left side. He made the proper protection and route adjustments and ended up hitting Jerry Rice Jr. for a 7-yard gain. Hundley did get a little help from Rice, who made sure he spotted Sermons creeping in. But last week, Hundley said, that play ends with a sack. Richard Brehaut missed a similar read on the first series when Andrew Abbott came off the corner on a 3rd-and-6 and had what would have been a sack.
The second play was on a 2nd-and-3, when he read Eric Kendricks coming off the right side. He checked out of the play and ran what ended up as a QB draw right past the blitz.
Nelson Rosario did not participate in the scrimmage so he could long jump in the dual meet against Oregon. He finished third with a jump of 24-feet, ¼ inch.
Randall Carroll went through the first part of practice and scrimmage then went over to the track, finishing second in the 100 in 10.72 seconds and fourth in the 200.
Hundley also had a nice gain on a zone read, picking up 21 yards.
Here are the stats:
Rushing – Johnathan Franklin (7 for 44 yards), Hundley (7 for 34 yards), Jordon James (5 for 24 yards and a 3-yard touchdown), Derrick Coleman (4 for 21 yards), Malcolm Jones (5 for 12 yards), Brehaut (4 for 10 yards), Anthony Barr (5 for 9 yards)
Passing – Brehaut (4 of 8 for 38 yards), Hundley (6 of 13 for 62 yards and one pick), Maxwell Schuh (3 of 3 for 38 yards.
Receiving – Morrell Presley (3 for 45 yards), Jerry Rice Jr. (3 for 25 yards), Ricky Marvray (3 for 19 yards), Taylor Embree (1 for 16 yards), James (1 for 13 yards), Anthony Barr (1 for 11 yards), Carroll ( 1 for 9 yards).
Kai Maiava sat out the scrimmage, so Greg Capella was with the No. 1 offense and Kody Innes with the No. 2s. Innes had some issues with his snaps throughout, throwing off the timing of a number of plays.
The offense did a lot of work in the run game. Johnathan Franklin broke off a nice 25-yard run in the second series. Jordon James made a nice cut against Aramide Olaniyan for an 8-yard run. Derrick Coleman also had a nice scrimmage, running with some power behind the first o-line. He banged his way for 7 and 6 on back to back plays to help set up a field goal attempt.
The screen game got a little work, with Hundley hitting James for a 12-yard gain.
The offense made a couple of attempts to get the ball deep, with no success. The pick by Viney came on a deep ball on the left sideline to Rice. Brehaut also missed long on a deep ball to Carroll, with Aaron Hester in coverage. Hundley missed Smith on a deep ball, with Viney in coverage. The corners – Hester, Sheldon Price, Brandon Sermons, Viney and Abbott have had a pretty good spring practice.
They let the quarterbacks run through most of the sacks, but Iuta Tepa would have had sacks on back to back plays against the No. 2 offense. On the second one, had Tepa not got the quarterback Owamagbe Odighizwua would have. Owa had not shown too well the first three weeks of the spring, but had what probably was his best scrimmage of the spring.
Barr missed a chance to run through another tackle. He was brought down by Jeff Dickman on a sweep with a lot of green in front of him, had he broken the tackle.
Presley had a nice day. He had a nice gain on a pass from Hundley, breaking a tackle by Isaiah Bowens to pick up 15 yards and also making a catch on a pass from Schuh on a play that also drew a pass interference penalty.
Marcedes Lewis was at the practice/scrimmage.
Dietrich Riley had a nice hit on Franklin in the first series. Bowens had a solid tackle on Jones a little later, but the play by Riley held up as the best of the day until Zumwalt buried Jones on that 4th-and-2.
There was one bad play – Smith stopped his route when he got jammed by Price, which didn't stop Hundley from throwing the ball in his direction. Smith heard about it from offensive coordinator Mike Johnson. There are a lot fewer of those than there used to be, though.
Incoming freshman Aaron Wallace made a nice play, getting a TFL with the No. 3s.