??Overall I was pretty happy with the scrimmage today,?? interim head coach Mike Nesbitt said. ??Not a lot of unforced penalties and I told the team at the end as we didn??t have a lot of offsides or motion penalties. Wasn??t too pleased with the turnover in the red zone, you don??t want to see that in the scoring area. Defensively I thought we were getting to the football and it wasn??t sloppy today. First impression isn??t too bad.??
Senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan had 18 completions for 196 yards and five touchdowns. The scrimmage was broken up into open field series?? and goal line situations. He had two rushes for nine yards.
??I think the main thing we needed to do today was getting back in the groove of things,?? Vaughan said. ??We needed to start doing some play situations that we are going to run in games and that was important today. It was fantastic to get out and play the game we love and I think everyone had a good time.??
Sophomore receiver Word Hudson led the way with seven receptions for 78 yards, while junior newcomer Anthony Johnson had three receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. Senior Nathan Slaughter had four receptions for 40 yards and a score, while senior Jace Jackson had three catches for 41 yards and a touchdown.
Senior Aaron Harris had 34 yards on the ground on nine carries. Freshman C.J. Washington had a good start to his WT career with six carries for 17 yards and a score.
??I thought our run game wasn??t too bad,?? Nesbitt added. ??I think we can get a little more push up front with the O-line right now, but other than that I think the young backs are pretty good. That is going to be a position of growth as the scrimmage isn??t going to tell the whole story until they get on the field against someone else on Saturday.??
Defensively, the Buffs were led by junior transfer Brandon Green with seven tackles, while sophomore Ethan Morriss had four tackles and a big pass breakup in the end zone. Senior Dwight Morrison also had four tackles and a pass breakup. Senior David Christmas had four stops as well. Senior Shane Pennix had two tackles and a big forced fumble and fumble recovery in the red zone early in the scrimmage.
In all, most of the squad saw action in the scrimmage as the team worked numerous plays and situations for a better part of two hours. A total of five different quarterbacks saw action behind center as junior David Lehocky, redshirt freshman Jared Cate, sophomore Preston Rabb and freshman Seth Reagan.
WT returns to practice this week and will hold the final scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium prior to opening the season at Western State Saturday, Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. CT.