March 28, 2009
The University of Arizona football team competed in an 85-play scrimmage Saturday in preparation of next weekend’s annual Spring Game.
Head coach Mike Stoops said he was pleased with the effort.
“I thought it went well,” said Stoops. “Right now, we are trying to find consistency. We are trying different things with different quarterbacks (Matt Scott and Nick Foles). Greg Nwoko had a good day of running the football.”
The Wildcats ran 85 plays in about 90 minutes with a handful of standout plays. Sophomore quarterback Nick Foles finished the day 14 of 18 for 156 yards and a touchdown, while classmate Matt Scott finished 15 of 23 for 137 yards. Both quarterbacks led the offense on a touchdown scoring drive apiece.
“I felt more comfortable today. Every time I get out there I feel better,” said Foles. “Offensively, we started out slow. The defense gave us trouble in the beginning. Then as the scrimmage went on we started to make plays and move the ball.”
Senior Terrell Turner led the receivers with seven catches for 103 yards, while sophomore William Wright hauled in five catches for 52 yards and junior Delashaun Dean caught five catches for 37 yards.
Junior tight end Rob Gronkowski caught Foles touchdown pass from eight yards out for his second catch of the day.
Sophomore Keloa Antolin scored the Wildcats’ other touchdown with a one-yard run up the middle. Antolin finished with 19 yards on five carries, while freshman Greg Nwoko had nine carries for 29 yards.
Arizona’s defense also made several big plays to highlight the scrimmage. The defense recovered two fumbles, senior Donald Horton and sophomore Apaiata Tuihalamaka, and sophomore Trevin Wade intercepted sophomore Bryson Beirne.
As a team, the defense recorded six sacks, led by junior Brooks Reed who posted two.
In all, the defense forced three turnovers, forced the offense out on downs nine times and blocked a field goal.
Sophomore kicker Alex Zendejas made field goals from 42 and 49 yards, missed from 53 and had a 32-yard attempt blocked.
“Not bad for our first extended scrimmage,” said offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes. “We started out kind of slow the got sloppy towards the end. Right now we are just trying to clean stuff up. Reps are the most important thing right now.”
The Wildcat will continue their spring practice this week before hosting the annual Spring Game April 4th at Arizona Stadium at 1:30 p.m.
Offensive Stats from 3-28-09 Scrimmage
Matt Scott: 15-of-23 for 137 yards
Nick Foles: 14-of-18 for 156 yards, TD
Bryson Beirne: 2-for3 for 17 yards, INT
Keola Antolin: 5 rushes for 19 yards, TD
Greg Nwoko: 9 rushes for 29 yards
Rob Gronkowski: 2 catches for 17 yards, TD
William “Bug” Wright: 5 catches for 52 yards
Terrell Turner: 7 catches for 103 yards
Delashaun Dean: 5 catches for 37 yards
Defensive Stats from 3-28-09 Scrimmage
Cam Nelson: 6 tackles
Donald Horton: 2 tackles, 1 PB, 1 Fumble Recovery
Robert Golden: 7 tackles
Devin Ross: 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 PB
Brooks Reed: 2 tackles, 2 sacks
Trevin Wade: 4 tackles, 1 INT
Lolomana Mikaele: 3 tackles, 1 sack
Brandon Tatum: 4 tackles, 1PB
Mike Turner: 5 tackles. 3 PB
Vuna Tuihalamaka: 6 tackles
Apaiata Tuihalamaka: 1 tackle, 1 Fumble Recovery