Here's the box score again ... and the Steve Sarkisian post-scrimmage video again
The scrimmage was 93 plays, and lasted about 90 minutes. I believe there were six penalties, four of them were procedural on the offense - false starts and such. The penalties weren't exactly pleasing to head coach Stever Sarkisian.
"There were a couple things here and there,” he said. “We had a series where we had a play called back because of a false start, and then another false start. Those are the things that have nothing to do with who you're playing; those are self-inflicted wounds. That's the stuff that we have to clean up in these settings, when the coaches aren't on the field with you, when they are on the sidelines.”
Sarkisian on numerous occasions could be heard screaming, "Hurry up!" to both sides of the ball trying raise the tempo to a higher pace. He wants a higher tempo. Obviously things like penalties slow that down. To also push the tempo, he had them put the 40-second play clock start almost immediately after the last play was whistled dead.
"That was totally designed," Sarkisian said. "We want them to feel the heat and the pressure of the clock andreacting to it. If we have shifts and motions and things on where they have to get lined up, that was definitely by design."
Many of the established starters played only one or two series. That list includes Chris Polk, Jermaine Kearse, Cort Dennison, Senio Kelemete, Drew Schaeffer and Alameda Ta'amu and then watched the rest of the scrimmage.
“That was exactly as planned,” he said. “This was somewhat like an NFL pre-season game where the starters get a series or two and then you work in some of the backups where there's still a few starters in there, and then it works its way to the young guys."
Yes, Ta'amu suited up and played in two series. His left hand was heavily bandaged in the cast/club thing that looks like a giant q-tip. There was some thought he wouldn't play the next few days, but Ta'amu was out there moving offensive linemen around and making plays.
"He'll be in that (cast) for a while, and there's no point for him not to be right now," Sarkisian said. "Let's let it heal, but he can still play football, and he made a bunch of plays with that thing on, so he should be fine."
The first team offense and defense squared off five times throughout the scrimmage. The offense scored three - Polk rumbled in on a 1-yard run after a 20-yard burst earlier in the series got the offense in the red zone. Jesse Callier added a 2-yard touchdown run and Erik Folk added a 51-yard field goal.
“It was okay,” Price said. “We moved the ball well. I think there are still a lot of things to clean up.”
Price completed 7-of-9 passes for 89 yards. He had a pass that was intercepted by Justin Glenn, but it was negated because of a penalty.
“I thought Keith was efficient,” Sarkisian said.
Price was also smart with the football.
“It was a checkdown day today, no big throwing plays,” he said. “I was just trying to take what the defense was giving me. I wasn’t going to force anything and just try and be efficient.”
Price did hook up on a 20-yard pass play with Kevin Smith early and then found Devin Aguilar for a 28-yard hook-up late.
The No. 2 units also hooked up for five series. The second-team offense led by Nick Montana scored twice. Montana hit walk-on fullback Travon Brooks for a 2-yard touchdown on a goal-line play action pass, and then Eric Guttorp booted a 36-yard field goal.
Montana could have had another touchdown pass, he connected with true freshman Kasen Williams for what looked like a 12-yard touchdown pass. Williams shielded off and then outleapt 6-foot-4 Travis Feeney in the end zone and snatched the ball out of the sky.
“I marvel at some of his plays just like everybody else,” Sarkisian said. “That's the beauty of having a great athlete that can bail you out and can make those types of plays. I know it's a great luxury for the quarterbacks to have that playmaking ability.”
However, Sarkisian ruled it a sack since Montana was touched by a defender so it was not a touchdown.
"It was pretty close,” Sarkisian said. “Whether or not it was a sack or not, it was a pretty good play.''
The second team defense got a touchdown from Jamaal Kearse, who scooped up a loose ball after back-up center Colin Porter fired a shotgun snap well over the head of Montana and ran it in for a 25-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
Cornerback Quinton Richardson was wearing the walking boot on his injured left leg. But in the search for good news, he was without crutches. The results of the MRI came back negative.
"It came back a high ankle sprain, which is very encouraging,” Sarkisian said. “It's also encouraging that Quinton felt good enough that he didn't want crutches anymore, so he's just walking in the boot. A lot of it is on his body now, and how he heals from this. I don't anticipate this being months, by any means. I think this is something that's more like weeks."
Still it seems as though Richardson won’t be ready for the season opener against Eastern.
“I guess,” Sarkisian said. “The reality of it is, a high ankle sprain and we've got two-and-a-half weeks now till that ball game, so I would say it's in question. The key with a high ankle sprain is not letting that thing linger either. We're going to need him out there for the long haul, and we need him healthy for our defensive system and scheme, and what we're trying to get done this year."