Big Plays Highlight Buffs' Scrimmage
BOULDER - The University of Colorado football team scrimmaged for about an hour and a half Saturday afternoon, marking their last full scrimmage until the annual spring game on April 23.
The defense dominated play early, but the offense came alive and executed some big plays.
"That's good news and bad news," said head coach Gary Barnett. "It's good execution on one part and bad execution on the other. But it's the spring so we don't have to worry too much. If it was September 4, I might be worried."
Sophomore quarterback Bernard Jackson connected on 4-of-9 passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns, but it was his legs which kept the defense guessing. He finished with five rushes for 94 yards, including a 78-yard scramble for a touchdown in which he turned the left corner and burned the defenders down the sideline for the score.
"Bernard Jackson made some big plays," Barnett said. "We have to keep teaching him the basic parts of the offense. He shows us a new dimension on offense, and he shows us how valuable that dimension is."
Barnett indicated that the coaches might make some special packages for him in the offense, the most intriguing of which would be a goal line package.
"I can't complain about whatever playing time I get and what situations I'm in on," Jackson said. "I'm doing the right preparations and making things happen. I just have to keep progressing and developing."
The Buffs' other quarterbacks also had solids outings. Joel Klatt, who Barnett said looked particularly sharp, completed 8-of-13 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown. James Cox was an efficient 6-of-8 for 42 yards.
Dusty Sprague led all wide receivers with 93 yards on catches of 45 and 48 yards. Marcus Gonzales had three catches for 55 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown pass from Jackson. Tight ends Quinn Sypniewski and Tyson DeVree had the other two receiving touchdowns, of six and four yards respectively.
The defense made things tough for the offense, forcing two fumbles and recording six quarterback sacks. Defensive end Alonzo Barrett had a monster day, finishing with six solo tackles, five sacks, five tackles for a loss of 22 yards, two third down stops and a forced fumble.
"Alonzo was pretty active today," Barnett said. "That's his game."
Linebacker Ben Carpenter finished with four solo tackles, three tackles for losses, a quarterback hurry and a quarterback chase down. Fellow linebacker Jordan Dizon contributed six solo tackles.
It was the younger players who stood out and made plays on the defensive side of the ball. Spring ball is not only crucial for their development, Barnett said, but it is important to see which players he can depend on in the fall.
"We can't scrimmage like this in the fall," Barnett said. "So every snap is big for our young guys."
Other Notes: Linebacker Brian Iwuh was held out of the last part of the scrimmage with a high ankle sprain, and safety Ryan Walters suffered a concussion. Barnett said neither injury is considered serious. The Buffs will hold practices Monday, Wednesday and Friday before the annual spring game on Saturday, April 23. The game will be played at 1:00 p.m. on the practice fields.
Statistics (full statistics attached in Adobe PDF)
Drive 1?Crosby 29 FG
Drive 6?Vickers 1 run (Crosby kick)
Drive 7?Gonzales 40 pass from Jackson (Garden kick)
Drive 8?Garden 35 FG
Drive 10?Crosby 34 FG
Drive 11?Jackson 78 run (Garden kick)
Drive 13?DeVree 4 pass from Jackson (Garden kick)
Drive 15?Sypniewski 6 pass from Klatt (Crosby kick)
Rushing (39-175)?Jackson 5-94, Caesar 7-16, Charles 10-16, Ellis 9-15, Vickers 4-13, Enright 5-11, Cox 2-9, Klatt 1-1 (not including 6-minus 30 in sacks).
Passing (30-18-0, 224, 3 td)?Klatt 13-8-0, 119, 1 td; Jackson 9-4-0, 63, 2 td; Cox 8-6-0, 42, 0 td.
Receiving (18-224)?Gonzales 3-55, Sprague 2-93, DeVree 2-14, Vickers 2-6, Crawford 1-9, Enright 1-9, Joseph 1-9, Klopfenstein 1-8, Charles 1-6, Creighton 1-6, Sypniewski 1-6, Cox 1-4, Ellis 1-minus 1.
Tackles?Barrett 6,0?6; Dizon 6,0?6; T.Washington 4,1?5; Carpenter 4,0?4; Hollis 4,0?4; Brooks 3,1?4; Sims 3,1?4; Dawn 2,2?4; Sanders 3,0?3; Walters 3,0?3; Wright 1,2?3; Ligon 2,0?2; B.Jones 2,0?2; Z.Jones 2,0?2; Burl 1,1?2; 11 with 1.
Tackles For Loss (14-41)?Barrett 5-22, Carpenter 3-6, Ligon 1-8, B.Jones 1-1, Z.Jones 1-1, Sanders 1-1, Sims 1-1, Wright 1-1.
Quarterback Sacks (6-30)?Barrett 5-22, Ligon 1-8.
Third Down Stops (8)?Barrett 2, Dawn 1, Hollis 1, B.Jones 1, Sims 1, T.Washington 1, V.Washington 1.
Fumble Recoveries (1)?Sanders.
Forced Fumbles (2)?Barrett, Sherman.
Passes Broken Up (6)?Henderson 2, B. Jones, Sanders,
Hurries (3)?Carpenter, M.Jones, Sanders.
Field Goals (3-3)?Crosby 2-2 (29,34); Garden 1-1 (35).
PAT Kicks (5-5)?Garden 3-3, Crosby 2-2.