August 12, 2007

Offense produces in first preseason scrum

Head coach Dan Hawkins said he wanted to see the offense move the chains and score touchdowns during the team's first scrimmage of preseason camp on Sunday. He got his wish.

The Buffaloes' offense racked up 609 total yards and scored five touchdowns in 103 plays from scrimmage. It was a balanced attack as 332 yards were gained on the ground and 308 through the air.

Junior wide receiver Patrick Williams hauled in two short touchdown passes. True freshman wide out Josh Smith caught a 54 yards touchdown pass and had another 40 yard touchdown reception called back due to illegal motion.

"[The offensive production was] a lot better [today]," offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich expressed. "Guys are starting to feel a little bit more confident in their roles. We have an influx of youth and that makes a guy like Pat Williams practice harder and better. He has made more plays in the last two days in practice than he did all of last year. That is due to competition."

"J-Fly is a guy who is not short on confidence and he's not short on speed either," redshirt freshman quarterback Cody Hawkins said of Josh Smith. "He is exactly the kind of guy we need because he can make plays. He is making plays himself and also bringing the best out of everybody else."

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