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April 14, 2007 at 4:22 PM

More on scrimmage

Here are some more notes and thoughts on today’s scrimmage:
On any of this, it’s important to keep in mind this was a controlled scrimmage, the ball placed some times at the offense’s own 3-yard-line, or the defense’s 19 to test certain situations. There were also a few drives that were more game-like that began at the offense’s 24. But it wasn’t like a real game, which can always skew the numbers:
That said, here are some really unofficial stats from the scrimmage:
Jake Locker — 8-19, 66 yards, one interception, one touchdown.
Carl Bonnell — 7-17, 86 yards, one interception. Long completion of 41 yards to Michael Gottlieb, which was the longest play of the day.
Louis Rankin — 9 carries, 63 yards.
J.R. Hasty — 8 carries, 19 yards, one touchdown.
Both Locker and Bonnell said afterward they needed to be more accurate.
Both interceptions, however, came on balls that were tipped at the line, Locker’s caught by Dan Howell and Bonnell’s by Erick Lobos.
“I have some room to improve,” admitted Locker.
Willingham said the most important thing right now is that both QBs “are showing a much greater sensne of understanding the offense and having control of the offense.”
Rankin’s stats are indicative of his day as he seemed to be running hard and with a purpose.
“Each year that Louis is in the system he gets more comfortable with what he is doing,” Willingham said.
Hasty often had nowhere to go as the No. 2 defensive line seemed to have the upper hand on the No. 2 offensive line (the team went starters against starters and backups against backups most of the day).
Overall, Willingham said he liked “the mechanics of the day” meaning how the team had command of where it was supposed to be and what it was supposed to do throughout the day. “The execution was not there, but at the same time, this was the first time we’ve really done tackling and the whole ball of wax, so overall I was pleased,” he said.
Juan Garcia sat out with a hyper extended shoulder suffered Friday that will keep him out a few days, so Ryan Bush started in his place with Matt Sedillo running as the backup center. That was a switch from the first day when Sedillo appeared to be the backup, as he is listed on the official depth chart.
— Otherwise, there was little change from the pre-spring depth chart apparent anywhere. E.J. Savannah worked as the No. 1 weakside linebacker throughout ahead of Chris Stevens, but Savannah said that was just the way the rotation called for things and not a sign he has moved ahead.
Greyson Gunheim and Savannah each had safeties of Locker, though they only needed to touch with two hands to get him down, and Locker good-naturedly protested that he might have been able to get away in a real game, particularly on the one from Gunheim.
— Backup DE Darrion Jones seemed to be getting in the backfield a lot and may be on the verge of making an impact after redshirting last season.
— I didn’t break down all the receiver stats but none had particularly big days as the passing stats of Locker and Bonnell would indicate.
Jared Ballman was short on a 49-yard field goal but made a 31-yarder and seemed to punt well enough.
Roy Lewis had a fairly long kickoff return (in the 50-yard range) and seems to be on track to being the team’s main returner again this year.
— There were no new significant injuries. Walk-on WR Sho Yoshinaga injured his shoulder but otherwise, no players appeared to leave for any reason.
— Locker put some of his old high school DB skills to use when he knocked Howell out of bounds after the interception. Said Willingham: “I knew what was going to happen. That was an easy one. With two competitive guys, there is going to be a meeting and they met. Nothing surprised me about that one one bit. And no, I didn’t have any worries that something bad would happen to the QB. He’s a big, strong, tough young man.”
— Willingham said there were expected to be about 150 alumni players on hand. A few notables were Damon Huard, Lawyer Milloy, Ben Mahdavi, Warren Moon, Sonny Sixkiller, Hugh Millen and George Fleming.
— Fleming was part of the 1960 team which as I noted in the earlier blog, is now going to be recognized as a national champ by the school after going 10-1 and beating No. 1-ranked Minnesota in the Rose Bowl. The AP and UPI polls ended with the regular season in those days, so Minnesota has often been considered the national champ. But the Helms Athletic Foundation called UW the No. 1 team in its post-season poll.

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