SUU’s Second Scrimmage Features More Offense

August 20, 2011
By SUU Strategic Communication

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Nick Witzmann was in on a sack and knowcked down a pass in Saturday's scrimmage
Nick Witzmann was in on a sack and knowcked down a pass in Saturday's scrimmage
Courtesy: SUU Publications

CEDAR CITY, Utah, Aug. 20 - Last week Southern Utah's first fall football scrimmage was dominated by the defense, and although the defense again was good, this week the offense asserted itself

Brad Sorensen completed nine-of-12 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown to lead the attack, and although that success came largely against the second defense, it was still satisfying.

"We're coming together, we're getting better," the junior from Grand Terrace, Calif. said. "We've got some injured receivers who haven't played in the scrimmages, but we've had some guys step up and play well."

One of the receivers who has emerged in the last week is junior Cameron Morgan. A cornerback his first two seasons with the team (with a handful of starts as a freshman), Morgan moved to the offensive side of the ball a week ago, and has blossomed in his new role.

Morgan caught two short passes in last week's scrimmage, but this week he was on the receiving end of the day's biggest play, a 60-yard reception that put the ball on the 12 yard line. The next play was a 12-yard swing pass from Sorensen to running back Austin Minefee for a score.

It looked for a moment like Morgan might get into the end zone himself, but Dion Turner ran him down to prevent his score.

"It's easy when you have Brad for a quarterback," Morgan said. "I just turned around and the ball was right there. All I had to do was catch it and run."

The first offense had one more touchdown, a one-yard Deckar Alexander run that was set up by a pass interference call in the end zone.

The defense had its share of glory on Saturday as well. Sophomore Chad Hansen, who is in a battle for the starting middle linebacker spot, led the way with six tackles, including a sack, while Turner, a senior starting cornerback, and Gordon Garret, redshirt freshman safety, each had three tackles.

Senior linebacker Brady Arnold had a solo sack, while Jeff Tukuafu was in on two and Brad Meyer, Randall Nygren, Tyson Turley and Nick Witzmann each had a half-sack. Witzmann also knocked down a pass at the line of scrimmage on third down in one series and freshman Deshaun Sims broke up another pass.

The kicking game also got a workout, as Brock Miller made two-of-three attempts, hitting from 40 and 43 yards out, and Colton Cook hit his only attempt, a 47-yarder.

"We're making progress," Head Coach Ed Lamb noted. "We're cutting down on the mistakes and penalties.

"It's fun," he added.