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Big Plays Highlight Utah Football Scrimmage

The Ute offense had five scoring plays of 20 or more yards during Saturday's scrimmage.

The Ute offense had five scoring plays of 20 or more yards during Saturday's scrimmage.
Aug. 16, 2014

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SALT LAKE CITY - The offense recorded five scoring plays of 20 yards or more, while the defense had two interceptions during the University of Utah football team's scrimmage on Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

"Compared to Tuesday's scrimmage, there was a huge difference on both sides of the ball really," Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said. "[Today's scrimmage] was much cleaner. Much better execution. Fewer penalties. The quarterback play was very good. Equal to everything else, we came out healthy. We'll come back Monday, we're 10 days out [from the game against Idaho State] so we're setting our sights on the opener."

The quarterbacks - Travis Wilson and Kendal Thompson - combined for 274 yards in the air and four touchdown passes on the day.

Wilson went 11-of-22 for 145 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. He also found the end zone rushing once and ended with a net of 53 rush yards on 11 attempts.

Thompson was 8-for-18 for 129 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He was effective on the ground as well, tying for scrimmage-high honors with 89 rush yards for a team-high two scores, including a 44-yard touchdown scamper during two-minute drill work.

"Both of them ran the ball well," Whittingham said. "Both of them threw the ball much more effectively."

Running back Troy McCormick rushed for a scrimmage-high-tying 89 yards and busted a 59-yard touchdown run to highlight his day. He also had an 18-yard reception.

Devontae Booker totaled 73 yards on limited carries. He broke for a 40-yard run and found the end zone after a 1-yard rush.

Tight end Siale Fakailoatonga had a scrimmage-high of 70 receiving yards on just two receptions, including a 65-yard touchdown catch to open the scoring. Kenric Young caught a 38-yard touchdown pass, while Tim Patrick hauled in three passes for 37 yards, including one for a long of 15 yards. Kaelin Clay also had three catches, including a 9-yard touchdown reception. Bubba Poole caught two passes out of the backfield for 28 yards.

Wallace Gonzalez turned in a nine-yard sack of Wilson in the first series. He also dropped back into coverage and intercepted Wilson during the sixth drive of the day to go with 1.5 tackles for loss totaling 10.5 yards.

The scoring started in the fourth series of the day with the offense starting from its own 35 when Thompson found Fakailoatonga down the right sideline for a 65-yard touchdown in the first play of the series.

The defense kept the pressure on during the seventh drive of the day as cornerback Evan Eggiman returned an interception off Thompson for 32 yards.

Wilson came back by connecting with Young, who kicked the pylon with his left foot, for a 38-yard touchdown.

Wilson then led a scoring drive that started from the 50-yard line that saw him go three violent rushes for 34 yards that culminated in a 6-yard touchdown run.

Thompson found tight end Evan Moeai for 13 yards in his drive from midfield and would later score on a 21-yard touchdown scrambled down the left hash of the field.

Wilson located Andre Lewis for an 18-yard touchdown pass for the first TD of red zone work. Booker then found pay dirt after a 1-yard run and Thompson threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Clay for another red zone score.

A 59-yard touchdown run by McCormick highlighted the 4-minute segment before Thompson broke off a 44-yard touchdown run in two-minute work.


Dres Anderson, Jared Norris, Eric Rowe, Brian Blechen, Jason Whittingham, Westlee Tonga, Nate Orchard and Kenneth Scott were held out of the scrimmage for precautionary reasons.

All active players were live.

Thompson scrambled for a nice rush in his first series of the day that saw him pump fake defensive end Greg Reese into the air before completing a 15-yard run out to midfield.

Freshman cornerbacks Monte Seabrook and Boobie Hobbs both had pass breakups in the third series of the scrimmage, while defensive end Greg Reese and defensive back Casey Hughes had pass breakups as well.

Hunter Dimick, Aaron Borg, Brian Allen, Clarence Smith, Monte Seabrook and Wykie Freeman were credited with tackles for loss as well.

Andy Phillips hit a pair of 41-yard field goals as well as a 43-yarder.



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