Pac-12 spring wrap, Part II

April, 15, 2013
4/15/13
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Lots of action this past weekend with five spring games and a number of other scrimmages, so we're splitting our wrap-up into two parts.

We're going to call this "Part II." That decision was reached after realizing it would come after "Part I."

Kevin spearheaded the thinking behind that decision.

USC

USC receiver Marqise Lee looked like his old unstoppable self in the Trojans spring game, catching three touchdown passes as the offense won 42-36 over the defense in front of 15,284 fans in the Coliseum.

Lee's No. 2, Nelson Agholor, had two touchdown receptions.

All six offensive touchdowns came on passes from the trio of young quarterbacks looking to replace Matt Barkley. Three TDs were from sophomore Cody Kessler, two from sophomore Max Wittek and one from freshman Max Browne, a mid-year enrollee.

Kessler finished a strong spring session by completing 15-of-22 passes for 242 yards. Wittek was 12-of-17 for 145 yards but threw two interceptions and Browne was 7-of-11 for 80 yards with a pick.

Lee, the 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner, hauled in a 70-yard touchdown on Kessler's first pass of the day. He also caught a 5-yard score from Kessler and added a 30-yard TD from Wittek. Agholor caught a 44-yard touchdown from Browne and a 1-yarder from Kessler. Wide receiver Victor Blackwell caught the game's other TD, a 29-yarder from Wittek. Overall, Lee had eight receptions for 148 yards, while Agholor (106 yards) and Blackwell (155 yards) each had seven catches.

Tailback Tre Madden, returning from a knee injury that killed his 2012 season, was the leading rusher with 23 yards on eight carries.

The defense also had its moments. For one, it posted 10 sacks, including 3.5 from Morgan Breslin, who is switching from defensive end to outside linebacker in the Trojans new 3-4 scheme.

Safety Demetrius Wright had two interceptions, both on Wittek throws. Tackle Leonard Williams had six tackles, while safety Josh Shaw, cornerback Kevon Seymour and tackle J.R. Tavai each added five stops.

Utah

While the defense mostly won Utah's 80-play scrimmage on Saturday, the running game was impressive, including a standout performance from a former walkon fullback.

Karl Williams, looking to get into the mix behind starter Kelvin York, rushed for 101 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns.

“Karl did a really nice job running north-south and really all of our running backs played well -- James Poole, Lucky Radley and Kelvin York,” coach Kyle Whittingham said. “Our blocking for the run game was good and so was our pass protection. We did not get enough chunk yardage plays today and our quarterbacks were not as effective as they need to be. It didn’t help that we dropped some passes.”

York has been limited all spring with an injury and just returned to full practice three days ago. He carried the ball seven times for 35 yards and a touchdown. Radley had 12 rushes for 58 yards and Poole had 26 yards on nine carries.

The quarterback play wasn't terribly good. Returning starter Travis Wilson completed 10 of 21 passes for 71 yards with an interception. Adam Schultz was 7 of 11 for 50 yards and a pick. Impressive true freshman Brandon Cox didn't play due to injury.

For the defense, Tyron Morris-Edwards and Jared Norris had interceptions. V.J. Fehoko contributed a 7-yard sack.

The kickers had a good day. Andy Phillips was 5-of-6 with a long field goal of 42 yards and Jamie Sutcliffe went 4-of-5, also with a long of 42 yards.

Washington

Washington had a 65-play scrimmage, and the two most interesting notes are at backup QB and receiver.

It appears that Cyler Miles has a lead over Jeff Lindquist for the spot behind Keith Price, and that DiAndre Campbell has joined receivers Kasen Williams and Jaydon Mickens in the starting lineup.

Campbell caught a 29-yard TD pass from Price in the scrimmage.

Washington State

Washington State held its first full spring scrimmage in Martin Stadium on Saturday, and quarterbacks Austin Apodaca and Connor Halliday combined to throw five touchdown passes, while the defense picked off three passes and recorded five sacks.

Halliday went 25-of-36 for 249 yards and three touchdowns, while Apodaca went 19-of-34 for 228 yards and two touchdowns but also threw three interceptions. Apodaca also recorded a 30-yard run and scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak.

Receiver Gabe Marks continued his impressive spring with a scrimmage-high 11 catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns while Kristoff Williams also caught two touchdown passes and finished the day with seven receptions for 97 yards. RB back Theron West led all rushers with six carries for 26 yards.

The Cougar defense dominated most of the day until the offense closed with a couple touchdown drives.

Linebacker Justin Sagote led all players with eight tackles, while Eric Oertel tallied six tackles and an interception. Darryl Monroe posted five tackles, two for loss. Darryl Paulo, Lyman Faoliu, Xavier Cooper, Max Hersey and Austin Brown all recorded sacks. The Cougars also got interceptions from defensive back Beau Glover and safety Mitch Peterson.

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