Utah had their second scrimmage of spring football Saturday, and it was heavily focused around specific game situations. They ran four minute situations, two
The offense, by in large, was rather ho-hum today. A lot of that had to do with the situations the coaches were putting the team in to simulate specific in-game moments. A lot of the day the offense was focused around ball control, making sure they were able to move the sticks with the ball on the ground and run out
The quarterbacks were rather efficient today, but not overly impressive. Travis Wilson had 67 yards through the air, on 11-of-18 passing. He did run the ball well, picking up 44 yards and a touchdown on 8 attempts. A lot of this had to do with the situational drills the coaches were running.
Wilson's best moment, as it typically has been through his career, was in a two minute offense when the offense was losing. He
Chase Hansen didn't have his best day, going 7-of-16 for 80 yards, plus 47 more yards on the ground. One thing that Hansen is very good at is the play action game. He's very good at hiding the ball from the defense and selling the action. Multiple times this spring he's faked out the defensive end and rolled out for a nice dump off pass. There was one situation today where Hansen was running a drive to essentially kill the clock, and on a third and short, almost threw an interception to Tevin Carter into double coverage.
Hansen didn't get any help during one drive,
Monte Seabrook continues to look nice with the No. 2 offense as a running back. He no doubt has a future on the offensive side of the ball. He's similar to McCormick, but not as shifty and fast.
To wrap up the offense, Conner Manning had a very nice drive with the No. 3
This defense is nasty, on all three levels. The best news of the day was seeing Gionni Paul out on the field getting some live action reps. Today the defense was flying to the ball and laying some serious wood on guys. Tevin Carter and Uaea Masina had some big hits.
On multiple occasions today, Travis Wilson would roll out to pass, and as he looked down field, Dominique Hatfield, Reggie Porter, Justin Thomas and the safeties had the wide receivers on lock down. They shut down any passing lanes almost immediately. I don't know if I remember a defense, outside of maybe the 2008 one, that had so many play makers at all three levels.
Overall, a solid day for the team. Not a lot of spectacular plays overall, but this scrimmage
Utah WR Kenneth Scott said they simulated the clock throughout today's scrimmage to reflect last year's game against Washington St.— Carter Williams (@cwilliamsDN) April 18, 2015