Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
First Live Scrimmage Proves Worthwhile
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 09, 2011
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TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona football team concluded the first portion of its preseason camp with a closed scrimmage inside Arizona Stadium on Tuesday morning. Quarterbacks Nick Foles and Matt Scott led touchdown drives, but the defense forced two turnovers and seven total stops in the approximately 80-play scrimmage.

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The scrimmage started with a statement from the defense, which turned away the offense on the first two possessions of the day. Ends C.J. Parish and Mohammed Usman put the offense behind the chains on the second drive as they registered back-to-back sacks to force a third-and-long. On the third down play, Foles' pass was intercepted by defensive back Jourdon Grandon near the boundary for the first turnover.

After a quick three-and-out, Scott was able to find some rhythm with the offense on his second drive. An eight-yard pass to Austin Hill on a third-and-six play moved the chains and ignited an eventual 70-yard scoring drive.

As Scott led the offense on the drive, he looked for Dan Buckner on a deep fade to the corner of the end zone. The pass fell incomplete, but pass interference was called, which moved the offense inside the red zone for the first time. After a short running play, Scott connected with David Douglas on an 18-yard scoring play for the first touchdown.

Two drives later, Foles engineered his first scoring drive. The first play from scrimmage went 25 yards to Gino Crump, who made an athletic grab between two defenders in the air. David Roberts and Tyler Slavin added 15-yard and 22-yard grabs later in the drive to again move the offense in the red zone. The drive was capped on a 7-yard swing pass to running back Daniel Jenkins, who made a nifty cut inside the five yard line to avoid the defenders and slip into the end zone.

With Bryson Beirne at the controls, the offense again mounted a long drive, but came up empty on the scoreboard. Berine tallied 30 passing yards on the drive and running back Ka'Deem Carey picked up 20 markers on six carries to move the offense in the red zone again. But two incompletes and a combined sack by Usman and Jowyn Ward put the offense in a fourth and long, with no field goal tried, effectively ending the drive.

The final possession of the day was led by Scott. Catches by Garic Wharton (24 yards), Taimi Tutogi (18 yards) and Hill (17 yards) helped the offense march 69 yards down to the one yard line. However, freshman running back Jared Baker fumbled near the goal line and Josh Robbins recovered for the defense on what became the final play of the scrimmage.

Coaches mixed in special teams work throughout the scrimmage. The action opened with a kickoff return period, before the first set of drives began. After the first touchdown, kickers Alex Zendejas (1-for-2) and Jamie Salazar (2-for-2) took turns attempting 37-yard field goals from the left and right hash marks. At the mid-point of the scrimmage, the Wildcats worked their punt unit, where Kyle Dugandzic hit four punts for an average of 43.5 yards.

Offensively, Bilitnikoff Award candidate Juron Criner and Doak Walker Award candidate Keola Antolin did not participate in the scrimmage. The two offensive players were held out for precautionary reasons.

Tuesday's scrimmage wraps up six straight days of practice for the Wildcats. Players have earned a much-welcomed break as summer courses come to a close and have a day off on Wednesday before opening two-a-days at Fort Huachuca on Thursday.


Foles 12-16, 101 yards, TD (7 yds to Jenkins); Scott - 13-18, 141 yards, TD (18 yds to Douglas); Beirne - 3-6, 30 yards

D. Roberts 4-50; D. Douglas 4-39, TD; D. Jenkins 4-20, TD; D. Buckner 3-19; A. Hill 3-33; T. Slavin 3-22; G. Crump 1-25; G. Wharton 1-24; T. Tutogi 1-18; J. Baker 1-7; D. Robinson 1-5; R. Morrison 1-5; T. Miller 1-4

K. Carey 6-20; D. Jenkins 4-9; K. Butler 3-6; T. Jones 1-5; T. Tutogi 1-2; J. Baker 1- -1; QBs 8-0

Field Goal Attempts:
A. Zendejas - 37good, 37 miss
J. Salazar - 37 good, 37 good


J. Robbins - 5; T. Bondurant - 3.5; H. Hobson - 3; D. Pettinato - 3; M. Flowers - 2.5; P. Vassallo - 2.5; B. Muhammad - 2.5; R. Golden - 2; M. Usman - 2; D. Earls - 2; R. Hankins - 2; M. Watley - 2; D. Lopez - 2; C.J. Parish - 1.5; T. Wade - 1.5; J. Grandon - 1; S. Richardson - 1; A. Fanene - 1; K. Parker -1; C. Merrill - 1; S. Fuiamaono; J. Ward 1.

Tackles For Loss:
M. Usman - 1.5; C.J. Parish - 1.5; T. Bondurant - 1; M. Flowers - 1; S. Richardson - 1; P. Vassallo - 1; J. Ward 0.5.

M. Usman - 1.5; C.J. Parish - 1; J. Ward - 0.5

Passes Broken Up:
J. Robbins - 1; D. Pettinato - 1; J. McKnight - 1; D. Lopez - 1; K. Parker -1

J. Grandon - 1.

Fumble Recoveries:
B. Muhammad - 1; J. Robbins - 1.

Defense 4-25 yards.
Offense 1-5 yards.

K. Dugandzic 4-43.5

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