Eight SEC teams scrimmaged Saturday, and here is our weekend scrimmage roundup:
- Auburn’s spring football forecast
- The offense produced explosive plays in Saturday’s first major scrimmage, and they ran 90 to 100 plays.
- Five touchdowns were scored, with at least two coming through the air.
- RB Cameron Artis-Payne, H-back Brandon Fulse and WR Tony Stevens recorded touchdowns.
- Gus Malzahn said Nick Marshall looks more comfortable this spring than last fall, and he thought he threw the ball well.
- Malzahn said there were a ‘few good licks’ on defense, and Johnthan Ford and Khari Hardin reportedly brought the hammer.
What Gus Malzahn said: “Now we’ll be able to go into the film room for the first time with a true scrimmage and evaluate our guys,” Malzahn said. “We’ll narrow it down as we go, but I thought our energy level was good. I thought it was a very physical scrimmage, which was very encouraging.”
- Florida’s spring football forecast
- Florida held its first scrimmage Saturday, but rain caused the scrimmage to be cut short, and no further details or quotes were given.
- Georgia’s spring football forecast
- No score was given, and players did not give an edge to either the offense or the defense.
- Both units had highs and lows throughout the practice.
- Mark Richt said QB Hutson Mason was ‘very sharp’, completing 12 of 18 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns.
- The backups, however, combined to complete 5 of 29 passes for 72 yards and one interception.
- Richt said there were ‘too many dropped balls’.
- RB Brendan Douglas was the leading rusher with 36 yards.
- Todd Gurley recorded just three carries for 14 yards.
- Michael Bennett led all receivers with five catches for 48 yards.
What Mark Richt said: “We’ve got to learn to handle adversity better on both sides of the ball. We’ve got to keep playing hard every down, know it’s a long game, know it’s a long scrimmage.”
- LSU’s spring football forecast
- The Tigers’ 120-play scrimmage was highlighted by big plays from both sides.
- Kenny Hillard led all rushers with 57 yards, followed by QB Brandon Harris with 41. Anthony Jennings recorded 24 yards rushing.
- Terrence Magee sat out the scrimmage due to a minor injury and should return next week.
- Quantavius Leslie led all receivers with 136 yards on four catches, including a 65-yard TD reception.
- Miles said both Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings threw the ball better and made improvement. He called the quarterback battle ‘a very competitive situation’.
- LB Kendall Beckwith made six tackles, including two for loss.
- Safety Ronald Martin recorded two INTs, while defensive back Rickey Jefferson recorded one.
What Les Miles said: “It was a very quality scrimmage and we are continuing to get better. We aren’t ready to play a game yet, but we are much improved. I think the offensive and defensive line have really worked in a competitive manner. You get what you earn and it looked that way today.”
Mississippi State Bulldogs
- Mississippi State’s spring football forecast
- Josh Robinson isn’t currently practicing, and Ashton Shumpert and Nick Griffin took the bulk of the carries.
- Griffin was the star of the day, and he ripped off a 53-yard touchdown run against the first-team defense. He recorded 11 carries for 74 yards with two touchdowns.
- Shumpert had 12 carries for 61 yards.
- Speedster Brandon Holloway had 15 carries for 67 yards.
- Tight end Malcolm Johnson and Fred Brown both had 100-plus yard receiving days.
- QBs Damian Williams, Dak Prescott and Nick Fitzgerald combined for six touchdowns, two each.
- Linebacker Dez Harris recorded nine tackles and a pick-six off Williams.
What Dan Mullen said: “I like our energy level. It was a little sloppy. The defense made some big plays but gave up a bunch of big plays. We can’t do that, and we have to be consistent.”
Ole Miss Rebels
- Ole Miss’ spring football forecast
- Bo Wallace hit Laquon Treadwell for an 18-yard touchdown.
- However, an interception by Cody Prewitt and fumble recoveries by Serderius Bryant and Bryon Bennett gave the defense touchdowns.
- The team was without several players on Saturday: WR Vince Sanders, RB Jaylen Walton, OL Aaron Morris, DT Woodrow Hamilton. Also out on Saturday were WR Quincy Adeboyejo and DB Senquez Golson. Freeze said Adeboyejo (groin) and Golson (stomach virus) should return to action soon.
- Freeze singled out Collins Moore and Cody Core for being consistent at receiver.
What Hugh Freeze said: “It was good competition. I thought we ran the ball well. We had some good plays in the passing game. Laquon (Treadwell) made some good plays. I thought we ran the ball much better than we did last week. But the defense took the ball away from us.”
South Carolina Gamecocks
- South Carolina’s spring football forecast
- The offense scored four times during the 60-play scrimmage, with three touchdowns and a field goal.
- Dylan Thompson led the offense down the field on his only series of the day. He finished 7 of 7 for 61 yards.
- RB Brandon Wilds had a five-yard touchdown run.
- The scrimmage ended with a throw-back touchdown pass from WR Pharoh Cooper to QB Perry Orth.
- Spurrier confirmed that Orth is the team’s backup QB at this time.
- Defensive players Larenz Bryant, Jasper Sasser and TJ Holloman all recorded INTs.
What Steve Spurrier said: “A typical scrimmage. Some good plays on both sides. The quarterbacks all did pretty decent. I’m not disappointed in the quarterbacks. They’re trying as hard as they can. The pass protection isn’t all that super right now, but that’s part of spring football and letting these young guys play that haven’t played much. Hopefully someday they’ll become a player, although we’re not sure if they will, but we hope they will.”
- Tennessee’s spring football forecast
- The Vols held family day, with 300 in attendance, and the weather conditions were perfect, according to Coach Jones: wet and cold.
- The QB competition remains a tight one between Justin Worley, Josh Dobbs, Riley Ferguson and Nathan Peterman. Most indicate that Worley and Ferguson are the two leaders for the job.
- Worley hit WR Jason Croom for a beautiful TD pass.
- The offensive line remains the weakest aspect of the team, with much work to be done by August.
What Butch Jones said: “This is part of the growth and maturation of our football team and the ability to play in the elements. We try to simulate throwing wet footballs by dunking them in a bucket, but you can never really simulate playing in the rain. I thought these were valuable reps in terms of taking handoffs and how you take care of the football. Tremendous teaching day today.”
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