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April 21, 2007 at 4:14 PM

More scrimmage notes and numbers

Here are a few very unofficial stats from today’s scrimmage (meaning, I just added them up from my own play-by-play):
Jake Locker, who went exclusively with the No. 1 offense against the No. 2 defense, was 14-28 for 173 yards and two TDs.
Carl Bonnell (who guided the two offense against the one defense) was 10-21 for 87 yards and one TD.
Louis Rankin (who ran behind the one line against the two defense almost exclusively) had 11 carries for 90 yards, including a 55-yard TD.
J.R. Hasty (worked with twos against ones) was 8-10.
Tyrone Willingham said E.J. Savannah sat out after suffering a stinger but said it isn’t related to the problem that held him out of the 2005 season, though admitting that “regardless, you’re always concerned, especially when there’s a history, so you have to take the safer ground.”
There were no other significant injuries and C Juan Garcia was back working in full-contact after missing the scrimmage last week with a shoulder injury.
Of the scrimmage, Willingham said “the whole group got better as it went on” adding that the format led to some ragged play early.
The team began with work in the two-minute drill (actually, a 47-second drill, with the ball put on the offense’s own 41-yard-line. There were no scores in six drives in that drill with the offense getting into FG position only once when Locker led a drive that got to the 24. But Jared Ballman was just wide on a 41-yard attempt).
“I anticipated that they would probably settle down, and they did,” Willingham said.
Locker was a little high on a few passes early and admitted later he needs to continue to improve his footwork, something he thinks will get better with time and repititions. But he smoothed it out later. I had him missing on seven of his first 11 passes, which means he hit on 10 of his last 17.
Hasty never had much room to run behind the No. 2 O-line going against the No. 1 D-line, but also said later that it was one of his worst days of the spring, saying “I was tiptoeing around too much.”
Willingham isn’t one to single out players a whole lot, and he didn’t do that much today, though he did have praise for WR Corey Williams, who is having a good spring. Williams had a drop early on but also caught a 35-yard pass from Locker and a 4-yard TD from Bonnell in a goal-line drill.
“I think he’s on the rebound,” Willingham said.
Of Rankin, Willingham said “He’s a better runner than he was a year ago” saying he thinks Rankin is improving on short-yardage runs.
But overall, Willingham said he’s still looking for the team to become more consistent. “That’s it, that’s the word (for the whole team),” Willingham said.
UPDATE 6:05 — Done with my deadline story for the paper so I’ll throw in a few more things.
— I had Marcel Reece catching four passes for 51 yards and Corey Williams four psses for 57 yards as the leading receivers on the day.
— I also had Locker with 43 yards on nine carries, including runs of 13, 11 and 10. However, he is down when touched (as are all QBs) and on a couple, it looked like he might have broken free for much longer gains. He admitted he’s asked Willingham a few times if he can take off the yellow jersey and be full contact, but that obviously won’t ever happen. (Should point out that total doesn’t include the sack yardage when Locker fumbled on a blitz since the ball was never really spotted and I didn’t catch it. It was probably a 10-yard loss or so). The fumbled was caused by cornerback Desmond Davis. Darrion Jones recovered.
— The team did do some returning and the most intruiging thing was seeing Reece line up as a kickoff returner at one point. Don’t know how serious that would really be, however. D’Andre Goodwin was the other returner.
— Rankin handled a few punt returns, fumbling one, as the team searches for some more depth there, as well.
Jared Ballman was again a little inconsistent on his punts, though it still seems too early to make much of that until he has some more time at this level. Ballman also doesn’t seem to be making much of an impression kicking and the job seems to be there for the taking for incoming frosh Erik Folk.
— The hit of the day might have been fullback Paul Homer running over safety Jason Wells in getting a few extra yards on his way to a 12-yard gain.
— Wells, however, had an interception in the end zone of a pass by Ronnie Fouch in the only series that Fouch led. Fouch actually looked pretty good leading the offense in the two-minute drill, getting it to the 18-yard line, before floating a pass into the end zone on third down that Wells grabbed instead. Wells’ pick and Locker’s fumble were the only two turnovers.
— Walk-on safety Jay Angotti continues to look impressive, though he failed to complete what could have been a real eye-opener when he broke smartly on a Locker pass and was in position to pick it off and maybe run it all the way back before dropping the ball. But given the team’s depth problems at that spot, he could be the one walk-on who earns some significant time next season. Angotti is from Punahou High in Honolulu.

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