● Sophomore Chris Merchant was 7-for-10 for 132 yards and a touchdown. He showed ability to the throw the deep ball as he completed passes of 29, 32 and 38 yards.
● Redshirt-freshman Tyree Jackson finished 6-of-9 for 53 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He showed off his strong arm as well as deft touch.
Overall, the offense looked very good as a lot of young playmakers stepped up. Two of those players were wide receiver K.J. Osborn and tight end Tyler Mabry, both redshirt-freshmen. Osborn led all receivers with seven catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns. Mabry had four receptions for 54 yards and three touchdowns.
YOUNG REDSHIRTS STEP UP
"It's good to see redshirt-freshmen stepping up and making plays and playing with confidence," head coach Lance Leipold said.
Other receivers that stood out included senior Malcolm Robinson, who had three catches for 97 yards and a pair of scores. Meanwhile, Mason Schreck looks like he's ready to step into the top tight end role as he finished with five catches for 37 yards. Jamarl Eiland and Kevin Rogers each had three receptions and a touchdown.
SOME VETERANS HELD OUT
With a few veterans held out of the scrimmage, some youngsters were given a chance to prove themselves. Zach Nicholas led the way at running back with 16 carries for 56 yards. Redshirt-freshman Emmanuel Reed rushed 13 times for 30 yards. Walk-on Billy Myers rushed for 19 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, O.J. O'Neal led the way with six tackles. Andrews Dadeboe had five tackles and Corey Henderson, Khalil Hodge and Myles Nicholas each had four tackles. Brandon Crawford added a pair of sacks.
"I was very pleased with the way the day went," Leipold said. "We had a chance to work on a lot of redzone things and I was really pleased with the way the offense was able to produce down there."
The scrimmage concluded spring practice for the Bulls. The team will begin preseason camp in early August.