Last Saturday’s scrimmage was not a good one for the defense, but was a great one for the offense. Matt Scott had a great performance, but to me all he did was solidify that Nick Foles is the guy.
Scott threw for 196 yards and two scores, completing 16 of 21 passes (76.1%). Great numbers, but it was the play of another player who makes Scott’s accomplishments seem a little less impressive. Third string quarterback Bryson Beirne had nearly identical numbers. Beirne was 13-18 for 171 yards and two scores. He completed 72.2% of his passes
While I think Beirne is a solid player and could lead the Cats if needed, he is the third stringer for a reason. Had Scott played that well and Beirne struggled, then I’d be very impressed and wonder if Scott needed a longer look. As it stands, it looks like the Cats have three solid quarterbacks but a defense that may be worthy of some concern.
The fact that Foles was very good in the first scrimmage, outplaying Scott (who was good himself), leads me to believe that there is no doubt he’s the guy. In that first scrimmage Foles completed over 66% of his passes and tossed three touchdowns.
The bigger issue is that the defense has now given up seven touchdowns in two scrimmages. While the Wildcat offense projects to be one of the more potent units in the Pac-10, but the defense is clearly behind where they should be.
Right now the coaches are still trying a variety of players and schemes. New co-coordinators Tim Kish and Greg Brown are big on using more man-to-man coverages, while Mike Stoops has always been more of a zone coverage proponent.
It looks as if Robert Golden has been shifted back to cornerback, the position he was originally recruited as, meaning seniors Joseph Perkins and Anthony Wilcox will get the nod at the two safety spots, with Adam Hall becoming the team’s top nickel back. Of course, I would be willing to bet that sooner rather than later freshman Marquis Flowers winds up earning a starting spot.