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Stoops: Lots of ‘stuff to clean up’ after Arizona’s first scrimmage

Mohammed Usman continued his impressive camp with 1.5 sacks in the scrimmage.

Neither the offense nor the defense had the advantage in the Arizona Wildcats’ first scrimmage of fall camp Tuesday morning, coach Mike Stoops said.

“It was good to get out and scrimmage a little bit,” Stoops said. “We just need to get a little bit of live work and work on tackling and management of the game, understanding situations. It was a good scrimmage overall.”

He added: “We have a lot of stuff to clean up on both sides.”

That’s about what you expect from a scrimmage six days into camp. Good news is that Arizona didn’t report any injuries from the scrimmage, which was closed to the media.

Stoops said the scrimmage was a good chance to take a look at younger players. A couple of key offensive veterans — wide receiver Juron Criner and running back Keola Antolin — did not participate.

The athletic department’s official site has the stats and a rundown of some of the action. Here are some highlights:

Senior quarterback Nick Foles completed 12 of 16 passes for 101 yards and a 7-yard score to running back Daniel Jenkins. Defensive back Jourdon Grandon — one of our redshirts to watch — picked off one of Foles’ passes.

Matt Scott, getting the majority of the second-string reps — the plan is to have him ready, even though the hope is to redshirt him — was 13 of 18 for 141 yards and an 18-yard touchdown to David Douglas. Bryson Beirne completed 3 of 6 passes for 30 yards.

David Roberts was the leader receiver with four catches for 50 yards.

The running game failed to post big numbers, with true freshman Ka’Deem Carey running six times for 20 yards — both figures were team highs. True freshman Jared Baker had one carry for minus-1 yard.

“The two biggest things they have shown me is that they’re willing to compete,” offensive coordinator Seth Littrell said of the freshman running backs. “They are picking up the offense pretty fast. The thing I like about both of them is that they are willing to be physical.”

Defensive end Mohammed Usman was credited with 1.5 sacks. The other starting end, C.J. Parish, had 1.5 tackles for loss, including a shared sack with defensive tackle Jowyn Ward.

Safety Josh Robbins had a team-high five tackles.

The kicking competition might be the top position battle of camp. Returning starter Alex Zendejas made 1 of 2 attempts from 37 yards. Junior college transfer Jaimie Salazar made both of his tries from the same distance.

Arizona will not practice Wednesday as the team travels to Fort Huachuca, where it will hold three days of workouts.

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