Redshirt junior Devin Gardner (11/16, 138 yards, 1 touchdown) looked pretty good for the most part, although he threw a ball right into Desmond Morgan's hands. I will say that redshirt freshman walk-on Brian Cleary (3/11, 32 yards, 1 touchdown) looked better than I expected, and quite honestly, he looked every bit as capable as currently injured redshirt sophomore Russell Bellomy did; Cleary's command of the offense and pocket presence are questionable, but he throws a nice ball and has decent arm strength. Alex Swieca (4/6, 38 yards) is really slow getting out from under center.
Junior Thomas Rawls (6 carries, 36 yards, 1 touchdown) had a nice 14-yard touchdown run, but it certainly helped that he was running against guys like Mark Lawson and Terry Richardson on that play. He did show some nice vision on a late run with a cutback, but otherwise, most of the running back play was mediocre. Redshirt sophomore Justice Hayes (2 carries, 1 yard) made a poor read on one run and got tackled for a safety. Sophomore Dennis Norfleet (4 carries, 18 yards) looked the most capable of creating big plays, but he needs space; he had a couple nice runs, but when the running lanes were clogged up on another, he just balled up for about a four-yard loss. Redshirt freshman Drake Johnson (3 carries, 2 yards) looked decent catching a screen pass, but he didn't stand out as a runner.
Sophomore Sione Houma (1 catch, 10 yards) looked pretty good on a catch-and-run. Redshirt sophomore Joe Kerridge looked good as a lead blocker.
There wasn't much to glean from this position group. Fifth year senior Jeremy Gallon (3 catches, 18 yards) made a couple nice plays, senior Jeremy Jackson (2 catches, 35 yards) caught a couple short passes, and sophomore Amara Darboh made an over-the-shoulder grab for about 30 yards to start the scrimmage. Otherwise, there were a lot of throws to fullbacks, running backs, and tight ends.
Sophomore Devin Funchess (2 catches, 42 yards) still doesn't really understand how to block, but boy, can he catch the ball. Sophomore A.J. Williams (1 catch, 6 yards) seemed to get a little quicker by losing about 20 lbs., and that seems to have helped his blocking. Redshirt junior Jordan Paskorz looks a little overwhelmed out there. Freshman Jake Butt (1 catch, 12 yards, 1 touchdown) made a nice touchdown catch, but he too needs to work on his blocking and got pushed around a little bit by guys like Cam Gordon.
The starters appear to be Taylor Lewan, Ben Braden, Jack Miller, Kyle Kalis, and Michael Schofield (from left to right). There were lots of blown pass protections; if Mattison stunted against the young offensive linemen, it was basically guaranteed to confuse them. There are too many guys to mention here, but overall, the run blocking looks better than last year, but the pass blocking seems to have taken a step back. The team has some good athletes in the pipeline to play left tackle (redshirt freshman Erik Magnuson, freshman Logan Tuley-Tillman). Redshirt sophomore Jack Miller had a snafu on a snap, but overall, he looked like the best center. Redshirt freshman Blake Bars was getting pushed around quite a bit; he looks thin. Tuley-Tillman looked pretty thin and underdeveloped, while Braden looked absolutely massive. Redshirt sophomore Chris Bryant will probably always look a little sloppy, but he's powerful; he just isn't moving like he should be, whether that's a permanent thing or if he's still working his way back into condition after the broken leg.