April 11, 2007

Scrimmage Insider: Quarterback race 'dead even'

Wide receivers and offensive line take a big step forward (By Gene Williams, Warchant.com)

In the last few scrimmages the offense has been fairly successful but most of that success has come from Antone Smith and the running game. On Wednesday, the ground game took a backseat to a high flying aerial attack that racked up five passing touchdowns and 276 yards in a half scrimmage.

Not only did the offense post some impressive numbers and move the football, there were no turnovers, fewer miscues and better pass protection than there has been in previous scrimmages.

"They (the offense) had the better day today," head coach Bobby Bowden said. "Offensively, we just executed better; didn't make as many mistakes as they had in the past."

The biggest improvement on offense might have come from wide receivers. On Wednesday, the wideouts were sure-handed, something they haven't been in the past, and made big plays when they caught the football, including four touchdown receptions.

"I think as a whole team on the offensive side of the ball I think this was our best day," wide receiver coach Lawrence Dawsey said. "First of all, we didn't turn the ball over on any possession - we didn't throw an interception and we didn't fumble, I have to look at the film to see how our blocking was but from looking at the effort I was very pleased with the whole effort of the group today."

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