In the first scrimmage of the spring Saturday, new coach Steve Campbell said he saw a lot of good things from his football team.
Most notably in the scrimmage overseen by college officials, the Bears had one turnover and only one offensive penalty.
"One turnover is one too much, but for a first scrimmage, it’s pretty good over 70 plays," said Campbell. "There weren’t a whole lot of balls on the ground. We saw some good plays on both sides of the ball. The execution was pretty good for a new offense and defense. The guys are digesting what we are giving them."
He said the quarterbacks protected the ball well and Desmond Smith and Dezmin Lewis had some bright moments at wide receiver. He said veteran backs Willie Matthews and Blake Veasley ran the ball well.
"On defense, Dillon Winfrey (safety) ripped the ball out, causing a turnover on one play," Campbell said. "The secondary did a good job of tackling in space. The defense was good on first down. But we gave up a lot of explosive plays."
The Bears will go through about a 100-play scrimmage Thursday before breaking for Spring Break. They will then have a scrimmage on April 5 before the Purple-Gray intrasquad game at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12.