Ilya Pinchuk | Argonaut
Junior wide reciever Najee Lovett brings down a pass from quarterback Taylor Davis Saturday afternoon in the Kibbie Dome. The Vandals held their first scrimmage of the season on Saturday and coach Robb Akey said he was impressed with his squad despite a limited offensive showing.
With only five practices under their belt, the Idaho Vandal football team took the field Saturday for their first scrimmage of the spring season.
Questions coming into the game surrounding the quarterback battle, inexperienced offensive line and defensive secondary were all addressed on the field in the scrimmage, but it’s still too soon for any concrete answers.
Idaho coach Robb Akey said he was happy with how the scrimmage ended, but things can always get better.
“I think on both sides of the ball I saw some good things happening, I saw opportunity for both sides and I saw some people take advantage of that opportunity and in other cases that faded away,” Akey said.
The biggest question on fans minds coming into the spring season is who will be the Vandals’ signal caller this fall. Akey gave the first nod to junior Taylor Davis, who led the first team offense.
Akey said he would be looking to see big plays and a few fireworks in the scrimmage – he didn’t have to wait long for the opening show. In only the third play of the scrimmage, Davis found senior receiver Mike Scott for a 51-yard pass that brought the ball down to the seven yard line. Scott blew past senior cornerback Aaron Grymes on the play, but Grymes was able to recover and stop Scott from reaching the end zone. Three plays later, Davis thought he had the first touchdown of the game, finding junior tight end Taylor Elmo wide open on a broken screen play, but the score was pulled back due to a penalty. Senior kicker Trey Farquhar then missed a 42-yard field goal attempt.
Akey said he saw a lot of chances go to the wayside on both sides of the ball, especially in the red zone.
“We had red zone situations down here and defensively we had a chance to get ‘em stopped and we had a third down pass interference, and that’s a drive stop play right there.” Akey said. “In that same situation on the other side we have two touchdowns pulled off the board with two penalties, so we need some more discipline there.”
Scott said that finishing was a bit of a problem in the scrimmage, but it’s the main goal of the team for the spring season.