2007 final spring scrimmage

Although this Husky team has much better depth than last year's edition, the disparity between the first and second teams is still quite evident as the Purple team consisting of the first team blew away the second team 44-7 this afternoon in suns-plashed Husky Stadium.

The huge difference between the squads was evident in the defensive secondary and on the offensive lines. Those are the two areas where depth must be bolstered.

The first team offense featured Jake Locker at quarterback, Louis Rankin at tailback, Luke Kravitz at fullback, Michael Gottlieb at tight end, an offensive line of Juan Garcia, Casey Bulyca, Morgan Rosborough, Chad Macklin, and Ben Ossai, Anthony Russo and Marcel Reece at wide out.

Purple won the toss and Roy Lewis returned the kickoff 23 yards to set the stage for a 9-play touchdown drive that featured two big plays. The first came on a halfback pass from Louis Rankin to Cory Williams that went for 39 yards. The second came on fourth and two, as Jake Locker floated a ball out to Marcel Reece, who despite being well covered, made a one-handed grab over the defender for a touchdown.

Locker was 3-5 for 22 yards on the drive.

The second team offense was led by true freshman Ronnie Fouch. He had JR Hasty and Paul Homer behind him in the backfield and an offensive line of Cody Habben, Jordan White-Frisbee, Ryan Bush, Ryan Tolar, and Erik Berglund. That unit struggled all day against the number one defense, which featured Daniel T'eo-Nesheim, Greyson Gunheim, Jordan Reffett and Wilson Afoa on the line, EJ Savannah, Donald Butler, and Matt Houston at linebacker, and as secondary of Jason Wells, Mesphin Forrester, Roy Lewis, and Jordan Murchison.

On the Gold team's first possession QB Ronnie Fouch found Cody Ellis for an initial first down, and then things went south as he mishandled an exchange between he and JR Hasty on the next play. The ball went skittering into the defense where Donald Butler recovered for the purple team.

The Purple team took over at the 41, where Carl Bonnell found Anthony Russo for a 22-yard play on an out and up. Matt Moseley took a bad angle and it nearly resulted in a touchdown. Rankin took the next carry for six yards, finding daylight behind Garcia and Rosborough. The first quarter ended with Rankin picking up the first down on a fourth and two.

Carl Bonnell kept the reigns in the second quarter and immediately found Russo on a drag route for 19 yards to set up first and goal. Bonnell then hit Reece on a laser beam on a quick out. The ball got there so quickly that the defensive back didn't have time to react, as Reece made the catch and quickly bolted into the end zone to cap the 69-yard drive.

Chandler Clemons took over the Gold team on the next drive, which began at the 22 yard line. The drive went three and out with two incompletions sandwiched between a Hasty 5-yard run. Jared Ballman's punt traveled just 24 yards and had little hang time.

Louis Rankin got the next purple drive off to a great start, hitting the afterburners and beating everyone to the corner for a 19-yard gain. That was followed by a Locker to Williams connection for anther first down. However on third and goal from the five, the second team defense blew up the line and got Rankin in the backfield for a one-yard loss. Ballman missed his 38-yard field goal attempt wide right.

The Gold team got untracked with a D'Andre Goodwin 21-yard reverse. Fouch then found Cody Ellis in front of Jason Wells for a 9-yard first down reception. It all came unglued however when Fouch threw an ill-advised pass that resulted in a 59-yard interception that went for a touchdown by EJ Savannah. Fouch threw into the secondary and the ball floated. Savannah easily made the pick and outran everyone to the East end zone to make it 21-0 Purple.

Matt Mosley returned the next kickoff 49 yards for the white squad but the drive stalled around midfield. Bonnell came in to run the 2-minute drill and was sharp, completing three of four passes for 60 years, the final one a 22-yard touchdown to Marcel Reece. Reece took the ball on the 15 after beating the corner, then ran down the sideline before cutting in front of reserve DB Jay Angotti at the 10 and sprinting in to make it 28-0.

In the third quarter's initial drive, Locker ran for 9, Rankin ran for 15, and then when Locker threw deep for Russo, Angotti cut in front of the receiver to make an interception at the two to save a touchdown. Locker had thrown the ball a tad to far inside and with a little too much air.

The next play resulted in a safety when Clemons stumbled out from behind center in the end zone after the exchange to push the Purple lead to 30-0.

Rankin busted a 42-yard touchdown run with 5:00 left in the third to push the lead to 37-0. Rankin broke around Dashon Matthews and got into the secondary where it only took him one cut to break through and run to the pylon, easily outracing the secondary for the first rushing touchdown of the game.

On the next Purple possession, Luke Kravitz ran around right end for a 33-yard run. Cory Williams followed that up with a juggling reception down to the five. Kravitz scored form five yards out to make it 44-0.
,br> In the fourth quarter after taking over on downs, Kravitz fumbled the ball, giving the white team the ball on the purple four yard line. The result was a nice four-yard touchdown pass from a rolling Clemons to Walt Winter at the back of the end zone in traffic. The extra point made it 44-7.

Roy Lewis returned the ensuing kickoff 60 yards to the White 24 yard line. Johnie Kirton was then put into the game as a running back as Tim Lapanno sent a clear message to Kravitz for fumbling on the prior possession. Kirton picked up a first down on three carries.

Louis Rankin finished the game with 99 yards rushing on 16 carries. JR Hasty had some nice runs but wasn't able to find as much daylight against the first team defense. He finished with 35 yards on 10 rushes. Kravitz had 33 yards on four carries but one big fumble.

Marcel Reece finished the game with 44 yards on three receptions, all for touchdowns. Cody Ellis had 4 catches for 39 yards and Cory Williams had 3 receptions for 73 yards. Anthony Russo had three catches for 65 yards and Charles Hawkins had 3 receptions for 37 yards.

Carl Bonnell finished the game 8 of 15 for 127 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was sharp. Jake Locker finished the game 4 of 8 for 38 yards and 1 touchdown. He was hampered a bit because coach Willingham didn't allow any quarterback runs up the middle, something that will be a Locker staple in 2007.

The defensive leaders were Jay Angotti and Donald Butler with 8 stops apiece, and Darrion Jones had six tackles. Greyson Gunheim, Darin Harris, Jordan Murchison, EJ Savannah, and Mesphin Forrester had four apiece. Matt Houston, Erik Lobos had sacks while Jordan Reffett had two QB sacks.
Pass-happy: It became apparent early on that the Huskies were going to throw early and often today, eschewing the running game and throwing a lot of outs, flares, and seam patterns. It is not going to be indicative of the offense that we'll see from them this fall, but it was fun to watch at times. They stuck to the ground game a bit more in the second half as the benches began to empty.

Kicking woes: Jared Ballman had a difficult day, his first punt was a rock that traveled 29 yards while his second one was more of a rolling hand grenade effort as he had to track down a snap that was well over his head. His third effort wobbled off the side of his foot after traveling barely 20 yards. Ballman finally hit a good punt on his fourth effort, a 41-yarder for the purple team that pinned the white squad back on their 12-yard line. Incoming freshman Eric Folk

Late Scratch: LB Dan Howell didn't play today. Matt Houston got the majority of reps in his absence. Howell's absence was due to an illness that Coach Willingham would not elaborate on until next week.

Attendance: The UW officials estimated attendance to be 10,000, however it seemed much smaller to me. When the game kicked off there looked to be about 6,000 fans in the stands, and it thinned out considerably as the fourth quarter progressed.

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