SEC spring football Saturday scrimmage roundup

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Every SEC team was in action Saturday. LSU and Ole Miss held their spring game, while 12 other teams scrimmaged Saturday. (Read about LSU’s here, and Ole Miss’ here). Texas A&M actually wrapped up spring practice with a scrimmage, because the Aggies don’t have a spring game this year.

Here are Saturday scrimmage quick hitters:

Alabama Crimson Tide

  • Alabama held their first spring scrimmage Saturday, which featured 125 plays.
  • Don’t count out QB Blake Sims just yet. Sims threw for 227 yards, completed 70 percent of his passes with two touchdowns.
  • Amari Cooper had a monster day, posting 190 receiving yards and two touchdowns, including a 75-yard strike from Sims.
  • LB Trey DePriest led the defense with eight tackles.
  • DB Landon Collins added four tackles, including one for loss, along with a blocked field goal.
  • QB Cooper Bateman threw for 102 yards, and Alec Morris threw for 57 yards.

What Nick Saban said: “I was really pleased with the effort and intensity the players had. I really like the attitude of this team in terms of how they go about what they try to do, how they work, the effort that they give and the mental and physical toughness that we play with. A lot of guys are trying to be conscientious to do a good job and I think that it shows in the way we play and the way we compete. The togetherness on the team is to me a lot better.”

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Arkansas Razorbacks

  • Arkansas held its first spring scrimmage Saturday.
  • Brandon Allen finished 17 of 20 for 247 yards, one touchdown and one INT.
  • Denzell Evans led all rusher with 53 yards. Alex Collins registered 38 carries on eight attempts.
  • Drew Morgan led all receivers, catching five passes for 109 yards. Tight end Hunter Hentry caught four passes for 91 yards and one touchdown.
  • Deatrich Wise led all tacklers with nine.

What Bret Bielema said: “I think going into our first scrimmage obviously I always have concerns about how everybody is going to handle the big moment and handle everything,” Coach Bielema said. “I thought we started exactly how we practiced. We worked on first down all we could the first practice. We moved to first down, second down (during) practice number two. Practice number three, we did a little review of everything. This week on Thursday we put on third down, which involved a couple new packages on offense and defense and multiple snap counts, which we had some issues with today. We just practiced that for the first time on Thursday.”

Auburn Tigers

  • The Tigers’ staff focused on the younger players for Saturday’s scrimmage, with an emphasis on building depth.
  • No stats were given out, but the players indicated the defense got the better of the offense in this one.

What Gus Malzahn said: “We haven’t arrived, but we do know a lot about our guys. We’ve got two more weeks, and we’ve got to put the hammer down and make sure we get better. We’ve been very physical this spring, but we had more information about our team. Now, we’re starting to get our specific on building depth and making sure you’ve got guys who are prepared once you get to fall camp.”

Florida Gators

  • Florida’s scrimmage was closed to the media and fans. No information has been released yet.

Georgia Bulldogs

  • Hutson Mason went 12 of 16 for 136 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown pass to Quayvon Hicks.
  • Jonathan Rumph led all receivers with six catches for 62 yards and one touchdown.
  • The offense flexed its muscles in the first half, and the defense got the better of the offense in the second half.
  • Richt especially pointed out kicker Marshall Morgan for hitting field goals of 59, 47, 47 and 22 yards.
  • Brice Ramsey seems to have jumped into the backup quarterback role, and he had the better day.
  • Walk-on Aaron Davis continues to run with the starters at cornerback.
  • The secondary was made up of cornerbacks Aaron Davis and Damian Swann, safeties Tray Matthews and Quincy Mauger and converted running back JJ Green as the Nickelback.

What Mark Richt said: “Beautiful day, beautiful weather. The dogwoods are blooming, red buds. The sun is shining. The leaves are turning green. It was a good day.”

Kentucky Wildcats

  • The Cats had their first scrimmage Saturday, which lasted 30 minutes.
  • QB Patrick Towles hit Ryan Timmons in stride for a touchdown, and Drew Barker hit AJ Legree over the middle for a touchdown.

What Mark Stoops said: “Got some good work in today,” Coach Mark Stoops said afterward. “(We got) Some good physical work at the beginning of practice and throughout the scrimmage, so I was pleased. Just like you’d expect, we did some good things and some not so good things. Overall, we’re definitely better. We’re doing some routine things. If guys are open, we’re hitting them and catching it, just basic things we need to do to move forward. I’m pleased with that. (There were) A couple good plays, good touchdown passes today, so that was good to see. We need to continue to improve a whole bunch, but overall, we’re moving forward.”

Mississippi State Bulldogs

  • The first-team offense shined Saturday.
  • Dak Prescott was great and erratic. He finished 13 of 31 for 249 yards and four touchdowns. Damian Williams finished 13 of 21 for 167 yards, one touchdown and three INTs.
  • Josh Robinson led all rushers with 13 carriers for 46 yards.
  • Shelby Christy led all receivers with five catches for 73 yards.
  • Jameon Lewis hauled in a 48-yard touchdown catch from Prescott.
  • Benardrick McKinney led all tacklers with seven.
  • Christian Holmes, Deontay Evans and Cedric Jiles all recorded INTs.

What Dan Mullen said: “I want over 30,000 people here for the spring game. I want to break a school attendance record.”

Missouri Tigers

  • Mizzou held its first spring scrimmage Saturday, and the offense won 19-11.
  • The biggest day came from sophomore running back Morgan Steward, who accounted for three touchdowns, including a 58-yard touchdown run. He finished with 117 yards rushing on 13 carries.
  • Maty Mauk finished 14 of 23 for 164 yards and one 19-yard touchdown to Darius White. White also had a nice day, catching five passes for 65 yards and one score.
  • Safety Chaston Ward and linebacker Denzel Martin both recorded interceptions.
  • Defensive end Markus Golden recorded two sacks.
  • Defensive tackle Matt Hoch broke his ankle and had surgery Sunday.

What Gary Pinkel said: “As it went on there were some great throws and some great catches, big catches in the scrimmage and making tough plays,” Pinkel said. “You have to have playmakers to do those things. But if you want to become a really good passing team, you’ve got to be able to play catch and you can’t stop yourself by making a bad throw or dropping footballs. You can’t do it because you’re just beating yourself.”

South Carolina Gamecocks

  • Saturday was Carolina’s second spring scrimmage.
  • The quarterbacks finished a combined 21 of 37 for 312 yards. Dylan Thompson paced the quarterbacks with 118 passing yards, while Connor Mitch was the most efficient and finished 8 of 10 for 95 yards, including a 19-yard scoring strike to Jody Fuller.
  • TE Rory Anderson suffered a torn triceps while stiff-arming a defender. He should be back in time for fall camp.

What Steve Spurrier said: “I thought we had some pretty good work here today, a pretty good practice,” said head coach Steve Spurrier. “Our defense seemed like it had the best of the offense early and then the offense got together and scored some touchdowns. All the guys did well.”

Tennessee Volunteers

  • The quarterbacks finally have some separation. Justin Worley and Riley Ferguson are the two who have stood out, and both players scrimmaged with the first team Saturday. Worley and Ferguson both had their moments, and Ferguson threw a 25-yard touchdown strike to Josh Smith.
  • Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin picked off Ferguson’s pass and nearly took it back for a score.
  • The offensive line continues to be a weak point, and Corey Vereen and Curt Maggitt recorded sacks, and the offensive guards struggled to move defensive tackles to create running lanes.
  • Corners Cam Sutton and Riyahd Jones both knocked down potential touchdowns in the end zone.
  • The defense definitely won the scrimmage Saturday.

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Texas A&M Aggies

  • Texas A&M held its last scrimmage of the spring in lieu of having a spring game.
  • Tra Carson continued to impress, and he has great pad level and is physical enough to become the Aggies’ everyday running back.
  • Kyle Allen and Matt Joeckel continued to battle, as Kenny Hill is suspended after his arrest. Allen looked sharp and continues to look downfield for the big play, while Joeckel is more prone to stay underneath with shorter throws. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Allen win the starting gig in August, but there’s still a long way to go.
  • The defensive front seven had very little push against the Aggies’ tough offensive line. The defensive line will continue to be a concern heading into the season.
  • You can watch all the highlights here.

Vanderbilt Commodores

  • The Commodores held their second spring scrimmage, which featured 58 plays.
  • The offense scored three touchdowns on 14 possessions. Brian Kimbrow, Jordan Cunningham and Latevius Rayford provided the scores.
  • Patton Robinette and Johnny McCrary saw live contact Saturday, and McCrary threw both touchdown passes. One was a beautiful strike to Jordan Cunningham.
  • Defensive tackle Adam Butler and outside linebackers Landon Stokes and Jonathan Wynn recorded multiple tackles for loss.

Photo Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

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  • Morgan Steward and Greg White were wasted last year in Henson’s plan of attack. It might have been possible to keep the triple fresh threat of Josey-Hansborough-Murphy AND use Steward-White-Brantley to punish anybody who wanted to fill space. This didn’t make a difference in most games but it only takes one game to stop you from winning a national championship. Why would you use Steward effectively against Tennessee when you did not need him but not use him against South Carolina and Auburn??