UW Spring Game Quick Wrap

In the final scrimmage of the spring, both first and second team defensive units were impressive while the number one offense struggled to do very much this afternoon. The Purple team defeated the White squad 21-19 this afternoon in Husky Stadium in a very vanilla scrimmage.

In the first three quarters is when the ones faced the ones and the twos faced the twos, so that is the area of the scrimmage that we'll focus on. Here are some observations:

- The number one offensive team, working against the first-team defense, went 44 yards for the first score with 4:14 remaining in the first quarter. TB Chris Singleton was met in the backfield by starting ILB freshman Scott White, but he was able to break that tackle and bull into the end zone from one yard out.

- The second team offensive unit scored on its second possession when Isaiah Stanback hit TB Shelton Sampson on a screen pass out of the backfield. Sampson, the sprinter from Clover Park, took it outside, found open field, and didn't stop until he had gone 53 yards for a touchdown. His speed allowed him to outrun the entire secondary. He was impressive carrying the ball as well, picking up 23 yards with the twos.

- On the ensuing kickoff, Roc Alexander took the ball on his own 8-yard line, came up to the wedge and made one cut, then he was in a footrace with the pursuit. He won that race, going 92-yards for a touchdown.

- The running attack for the varsity unit was anemic in the first half. They had MINUS-5 yards rushing with a long rush of three yards, courtesy of Singleton. The first team defense shut them down, which was disappointing to new OL coach Dan Cozzetto.

- It didn't get much better, as the purple team only had ONE total yard of rushing after three quarters.

- In the second half, Sampson got some look with the ones and looked quicker to the holes. He has a gear that Singleton doesn't appear to have, but he needs to work on his hands.

- Reggie Williams caught five passes for 63 yards and a touchdown against the first team defense. In the second half Williams made a nice grab but fumbled when attempting to pick up some yards after the catch. Scott White caused the fumble. Later in the fourth quarter he hauled in a 25-yard TD pass from Pickett to put the Purple team in front 21-19 with 9:55 remaining.

- TE John Lyon had a nice 31-yard reception from Pickett in the first half.

- Linebacker Scott White had six tackles against the first team offense in the first half, and continued to impress in the second half. He led all tacklers with 10, and had a gift interception when Cody Pickett threw the ball right to him. He has won the backup WIL job behind Marquis Cooper, who will return to the field in the fall as the starter at that position.

- Cody Pickett was 9 of 17 for just over 100 yards and was intercepted twice by the first-team defense. He was sacked four times and rushed several others.

- Jimmy Newell had three passes defended for the first team defense, and deflected a pass that Roc Alexander intercepted. In the fourth quarter, Newell took advantage of a Cory Jones juggle and made an interception as well. He was arguably the defensive MVP this afternoon.

- Casey Paus and Isaiah Stanback rotated back and forth running the second team offense. Paus had one nice throw, but neither quarterback had a great day through the air. Stanback's ability to make things happen outside the pocket and avoid the rush makes him look to be the more dangerous of the two. He had a beautiful 16-yard touchdown run on a keeper. He had walk on TB Scott Ballew at pitch depth as he turned up field, but Stanback hung unto the ball and turned on the jets, high-stepping into the end zone to give the White team the lead 16-14.

- Roc Alexander's return to health was noticeable. He looked fast and was running all over the field. He also wasn't afraid to lower his surgically repaired shoulder into ball carriers. That will be the big question for the fall, whether or not Alexander can withstand the punishment on his shoulder.

- Jerome Stevens had a nice scrimmage running with the twos, collecting seven tackles, three for loss. Two were quarterback sacks. He was moved to the ones in the fourth quarter and he immediately had a sack of Pickett. He and Junior Coffin will continue to battle for the starting role next to Tank Johnson.

Terry Johnson finished the spring strong, collecting two sacks today.

- Evan Knudson connected from 41 and 39 yards out as the first team place kicker. He also had a kickoff that went through the end zone. Knudson hopes to provide good competition to incoming freshman Michael Braunstein.

- Washington won't have a punter until this fall. At the end of one series, rather than send a walk on punter out to shank a ball, Neuheisel just moved the ball 40 yards down field and let the other team take over.

Odd Stat: Going into his fifth season, Rick Neuheisel has the second most seniority in the entire Pac-10. Mike Bellotti of Oregon is now the Dean of the league with nine seasons.

DT Larry Tripplett was in attendance today. He came to visit from Indianapolis, and will be marrying his girlfriend of five years here in Seattle.

WR Charles "ET" Frederick told Dave "Softy" Mahler that his basketball was career was not over. Softy asked him point blank if he was done with hoops, and ET told him emphatically, NO.

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