Although the Griz basketball season ended Thursday night in Des Moines, the Griz football team’s season is starting to heat up as they took to the field Friday afternoon to compete in their first split-squad scrimmage at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
The Griz scrimmaged in front of a crowd of around fifty dedicated fans on a beautiful March day for an hour and a half simulated game.
The first-team offense scored multiple times via the run and via the pass. Sophomore running back Marcus Knight took a goal-line carry into the end zone and redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Mitch Roberts made an unbelievable catch in the corner of the end zone for another score.
The receiving corps impressed with multiple sideline catches.
“It felt good, we’ve still got a long way to go until we’re game ready. But, it felt good to get out here and actually hit each other. We do live after every practice, but it was good to do an extended [version] of that,” redshirt-junior wide receiver Samuel Akem said.
Not to be outdone though, the Griz defense racked up multiple sacks, a couple of interceptions and fumbles as they hounded Griz quarterbacks early and often.
“It feels great, last time we put pads on was a long time ago and we had a bad taste in our mouth so it’s good to come out here in spring,” redshirt-senior defensive end Dante Olsen said. “Hitting each other is what we live for. It’s good to be back.”
Head coach Bobby Hauck was impressed by the veteran presence of his squad and appreciated his teams hard-working nature.
“I thought the competition was good…I liked the way we responded to the situations particularly the veteran guys,” Hauck said. “These guys, when they want to come to work That’s maybe the best thing about our team is when they come to work, they want to work. We don’t have to push em much.”
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