OGDEN, Utah - The Weber State football team held its first scrimmage of fall camp Saturday morning and both sides of the ball took some strides.
"There were a lot of positives today," said WSU head coach Ron McBride. "Our rushing game was strong and we made some plays on the ground. Some of our young players played well and stepped up and contributed. Defensively we made some good stops and I thought our special teams were strong as well."
One of the strong points of the day was the rushing game as the Wildcats totaled over 300 yards on the ground. Josh Booker had ten carries for 57 yards and Tanner Hinds posted 12 carries for 37 yards and one touchdown. Junior Kris Parham had 48 yards rushing and C.J. Tuckett added 42 yards.
Freshman Barrinton Collins also posted a strong rushing day, totaling 119 yards on 12 attempts, including a 66-yard touchdown run on his very first attempt of the day.
In the passing game, junior quarterback Mike Hoke threw completed 10-18 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore Jordan Adamczyk also fared well, making 7-11 completions for 105 yards and two TD's. Freshman Ben Maraz was 4-4 for 84 yards with the third-team.
A total of 11 different receivers caught passes for the Wildcats Saturday. Freshman Darchon Taggart had three catches for 70 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown catch. Shaydon Kehano caught a 35-yard touchdown pass and Eric Shufford had a 13-yard touchdown reception.
On the special teams side of the ball Kris Parham returned the opening kickoff 95-yards for a touchdown. David James also blocked a field goal.
On the defensive end the Wildcats had several key stops. Trevor Pletcher and Kela Marciel each recorded a sack.
"We got a lot of good reps in today but we will have some work to do and need to tighten things up. We showed some inconsistency on the offensive side a few times. We had some penalties that showed some lack of concentration."
Weber State will have two more scrimmages during fall camp. The 'Cats will scrimmage Wednesday with the final scrimmage set for Saturday, Aug. 20 as part of the Wildcat Fan Fest. The annual Fan Fest will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Stewart Stadium and will include a Chalk Talk with coach McBride as well as a look at the new field and improvements at Stewart Stadium.
The Wildcats will open the 2011 season Sept. 3 at Wyoming.