Johnson often acknowledges the ambivalence in having one unit outplay the other, as it might represent one side of the ball playing well or the other struggling. On Saturday, while he acknowledged that the first-team defense outperformed the offense in Wednesday’s practice, he found issue with the defensive play, citing missed tackles and defenders getting blocked out of plays as problems.
According to a report of the closed scrimmage provided by a team spokesman, redshirt freshman quarterback Jay Jones led two touchdown drives, finishing one with a 26-yard pass to B-back Quaide Weimerskirch off a screen pass and the other with a 31-yard run on a keeper. A-back Nathan Cottrell scored on a 5-yard touchdown run.
“Jay Jones continues to do well,” Johnson said. “When he plays, he makes big plays.”
With No. 1 quarterback Matthew Jordan out through the end of spring practice with a foot injury, Jones is competing with TaQuon Marshall and Lucas Johnson at quarterback. Johnson has praised Jones’ speed and playmaking ability.
Early-enrollee freshman cornerback Jaytlin Askew made a big play, coming up with a forced fumble near the goal line. The ball rolled out of the end zone for a touchback. Defensive tackle Kyle Cerge-Henderson also recovered a fumble.