Offense Ramps it Up

March 27, 2010

TUCSON--The Wildcat offense had the upper hand in a Saturday scrimmage at Arizona Stadium, with quarterbacks completing a whopping 30 of 35 passes.

The trio, all juniors to be, were led by Nick Foles with 15 completions in 16 attempts for 106 yards and a score, Matt Scott hitting 7-for-10 for 72 yards and a score and Bryson Beirne connecting on eight of nine for 98 yards.

The defense had the upper hand in terms of stops early in the 90-play session, with three stopped drives before Scott led the offense on a 70-yard drive capped by a nine-yard touchdown run on fourth down by redshirt freshman Daniel Jenkins. On the next sequence, Foles led a 10-play drive for 75 yards featuring a 12-yard touchdown throw to Juron Criner.

Scott then led a seven-play scoring drive ending with a 34-yard strike to Gino Crump on a crossing pattern.

Jenkins led all runners with 16 totes for 91 yards, backed by big-back Taimi Tutogi's six carries for 37 yards and Kylan Butler with three attempts for 12 yards.

The defense had two sacks each from senior ends Brooks Reed and Ricky Elmore, and two more from end D'Aundre Reed and tackle Mana Mikaele. Whistles from the officiating crew added two more pressure plays. Derrick Rainey broke up a pass and Mike Turner caused a fumble by Crump after a long pass gain from Beirne, recovered and returned a dozen yards by Adam Hall.

The offense had 24 first downs on the day with the defense getting six drive stops.

Head coach Mike Stoops said afterward he was pleased with the offensive play and encouraged by the development of his defense, which will have to replace seven starters. 'We have a long way to go on defense,' he said.

No. 1 running back Nic Grigsby, who's missed some spring sessions with some minor ailments, sat out the workout and ran conditioning drills up stadium steps with strengh coach Corey Edmond, while Foles appeared to be unfazed by the sprained ankle he's put up with for the past week-plus. Defensive tackle Jonathan Hollins and offensive guard Chris Putton both left the field with apparent slight knee sprains.

The Cats have a number of practice sessions left in spring in the next two weeks before the Spring Game in Arizona Stadium on Saturday, April 12. The team will hold one more session the following week to wrap up the 15 permissible sessions..

After the practice, former Wildcat tight end Rob Gronkowski, H-Back Chris Gronkowski and cornerback Devin Ross went through testing by scouts from 28 NFL clubs, including running the 40-yard dash on the stadium field. Rob Gronkowski, who missed 2009 after back surgery and declared a year early for the draft earlier this year, appeared to run well with an unofficial reported time of 4.75.

Offensive Statistics

Passing: Nick Foles 15-16-106, TD; Matt Scott 7-10-72, TD; Bryson Beirne 8-9-91.

Rushing: Daniel Jenkins 16-91, TD; Taimi Tutogi 6-37; Kylan Butler 3-12; Matt Scott 2-11, Travis Cobb 2-0.

Receiving: Gino Crump 4-88 (TD), Juron Criner 4-39 (TD), David Roberts 4-36, Daniel Jenkins 4-28, Travis Cobb 4-20, David Douglas 3-19, Kylan Butler 3-20, Delashaun Dean 1-7, Big Wright 1-4, A.J. Simmons 1-10, Devin Veal 1-5.

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