Mike Stoops’ post scrimmage comments and recapby Brad Allis on Apr. 17, 2011, under Arizona Wildcats Football, Sports
The Wildcat offense looked great on Saturday, but the defense had their issues, surrendering well over 400 yards in just 60 plays. To make matters worse, starting linebacker Jake Fischer went down with a leg injury.
Stoops discussed the final spring scrimmage, as well as the spring as a whole, after the scrimmage was over.
The Arizona offense was on display during the Spring Scrimmage. Well, sort of. Despite not showing a lot of special wrinkles, the offense scored four touchdowns and added a long field goal. A modified scoring system was used to boost “scoring” but the offense did not need it as they passed for over 380 yards.
The offense actually scored of five straight possessions, starting off with a 50-yard field goal from Alex Zendejas.
It was a solid day from the much-maligned kicker. Instead of regular extra points, the team went with field goals of varying length. Zendejas made four of five kicks. His lone miss was from 40. John Bonnano attempted the first field goal on the first possession and missed badly from 46 yards out.
Nick Foles led the offense to the first field goal, then turned over the keys to Bryson Beirne and the senior responded. Beirne seven straight passes then found Richard Morrison in the seam for a 26-yard score.
UA Media Relations officially had Beirne at 8-9 for 115 yards and two scores, although I had him closer to 130 yards with two more completions. Either way it was a good showing for the senior who is attempting to be Foles’ back-up as the team attempts to redshirt Matt Scott.
Morrison got it done on the next possession as well. This time it was Foles finding Morrison over the middle. The former back-up quarterback faked like he was going outside, then cut back inside and cruised for a 22-yard score.
For the day Morrison had four catches for 63 yards.
“He’s a playmaker and he’s another skill guy for us that can move when he catches the football,” Mike Stoops said. “He’s very elusive and he’s a good inside receiver.”
Not to feel left out, Scott led the team to their third straight touchdown on the next possession. He decided to let his arm do most of the work and fired a perfect bomb to Dan Buckner, who hauled in the pass for a 37-yard score.
Beirne got it done on his final work of the day. First he connected with Terrence Miller over the middle. Miller caught the ball about eight yards passed the line of scrimmage, then cut outside and picked up 20 more yards.
On the next play Beirne hit Tyler Slavin on a slant and the redshirt freshman scooted 32 yards for the touchdown.
The scoring streak ended when true freshman Daxx Garman came in the game. Garman was not as sharp as the three seniors. His first pass was complete to Slavin, but he actually lost two yards. He tried to go deep on third and long, but just missed his man.
Although it was the first drive to stall in the offense’s half of the field, all was not lost. JC transfer punter Kyle Dugandzic blasted a punt that officially went 72-yards, but actually went further as it sailed into the endzone.
Foles was 11-16 for 133, while Scott was 11-14 for 134. Garman was just 1-2.
The defense struggled, but did force a fumble and had two sacks and five pass break ups.
“Defensively, we weren’t very good today but we were good all spring,” Stoops said. “We didn’t play well today but I feel good about that group.”