Football Scrimmage Shows There's Work To Be Done
Aug. 18, 2001
Sophomore halfback Clarence Farmer broke off a 65-yard touchdown run and reversed his field for another 30-yard gain to highlight much of the offensive production in the Cats' Fans Night scrimmage which closed training camp Saturday night.
Head coach John Mackovic was less than impressed with the proceedings, however, which saw the top three quarterbacks each throw interceptions. 'Farmer showed he's a big-play back, but the defense missed some tackles and gave up some runs. Pursuit was not very good,' he said.
'It was sloppy, to say the least. It was as poorly as we've performed all fall on offense,' he said. 'We didn't show that we are ready to polish (our play) and get ready to play a game.
'We mishandled the ball, we didn't protect the passer and quarterbacks were holding the ball too long,' he said. UA defenders broke up half a dozen passes and sacked QBs nine times in the 90-minute scrimmage.
The No. 1 quarterback, junior Jason Johnson, completed seven of 14 throws for 95 yards. Backups Cliff Watkins (6-9, 71 yards) and John Rattay (4-10, 34 yards) were under pressure much of the night, as well. True freshman Nic Costa completed one of four attempts for five yards.
Junior placekicker Sean Keel converted on three of four field goal attempts, with kicks of 40, 30 and 25 yards and a miss of 46 yards. Farmer was the leading rusher with eight totes for 104 yards.
Freshman halfback Mike Bell had some success running the ball, with touchdown runs of three yards and of 17 yards on a fake reverse play.
Receivers Bobby Wade (2-31) and Malosi Leonard (2-37), and tight ends James Hugo (2-27) and Justin Levasseur (2-21) led 12 different plays who caught passes.
But UA defenders intercepted passes off Johnson, Watkins and Rattay with inside linebacker Lance Briggs and free safeties Clay Hardt and Jarvie Worcester coming up with picks.
The offense was whistled seven times for penalties while UA's defense was called for one pass interference call against cornerback David Laudermilk.
'Our team needs to hear that we're still not doing some things we need to do,' capsulized Mackovic when asked about the Cats' game readiness. 'Some players were out here with the music and lights and (hoopla) for the first time and might have had butterflies. But I have no sympathy.'
Players begin fall classes Monday and commence regularly scheduled fall practices in the afternoon.
Johnson 7-14-95-1-0 Watkins 6-9-71-1-0 Rattay 4-10-34-1-0 Costa 1-4-5-0-0 Rushing Leaders Farmer 8-104, 1 TD Mills 5-25 Bell 5-29, 2 TD Cox 2-12 Receiving Leaders Wade 2-31 Hugo 2-27 Leonard 2-37 Levasseur 2-21
Farmer 8-104, 1 TD
Bell 5-29, 2 TD