Aug. 21, 2012 By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
The practice was the last one of fall camp for the Bulldogs, as classes start Wednesday. The team is off Wednesday and returns to the practice fields on Thursday to begin its game preparations for the season-opener against Weber State on Sept. 1.
After 21 practices now and three live scrimmages, head coach Tim DeRuyter is happy with the direction his team is headed.
"We're getting better and making progress," DeRuyter said after Tuesday's scrimmage. "I saw some good things on both sides of the ball. We really cut down on our mental mistakes and were much more efficient on offense.
"Defensively we gave up one big play with our [second team], but for the most part they did a good job too."
The one big play DeRuyter alluded to came on the fourth play of the scrimmage when the first-team offense was going up against the second-team defense. Junior quarterback Derek Carr hit Victor Dean deep down the sideline for a 51-yard touchdown pass.
Dean had a big day working with the No. 1 offense. He caught six passes for 91 yards and the one touchdown.
"It was good to see Victor get some reps today and take advantage of things," DeRuyter said.
Carr finished the scrimmage nearly perfect, completing 15-of-18 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns. His one mistake was an interception he threw in the end zone, a pass that was picked off by safety Charles Washington.
Offensive coordinator Dave Schramm said that Tuesday's practice was an important one as the coaches are looking to solidify the depth chart.
"We had a lot of guys playing in there, giving them an opportunity to win a job," Schramm said. "We'll go look at the film and will have to make some decisions, some hard decisions."
The Bulldog defense was able to force five turnovers on the day, but only one came against the first-team when Washington picked off Carr.
Freshman cornerback Jamal Ellis intercepted a pair of passes, one of which he returned 36 yards for a touchdown. Kyrian Obidiegwu had the fourth interception while the defense recovered one fumble early in the scrimmage.
The defense also recorded what would have been six sacks on the day. The quarterbacks are the only ones that the defense could not tackle in the live scrimmage.
Sophomore tight end Riley Barnes also had a big scrimmage for the offense. He caught five passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown was from redshirt freshman Marcus McDade on a play-action that the defense bit on and allowed Barnes to get wide open down the field. It was a 44-yard touchdown.
His second one came towards the end of the scrimmage, a 12-yard pass again from McDade, when the Bulldogs were working on their red zone offense.
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