Bob Diaco and the UConn Football team will have their final organized team activity on this beautiful Saturday afternoon at Rentschler Field. While we don't know the exact roster makeup, we do know that most of the starters will be on the Blue team and most second-stringers on White, similar to last year.
We already covered what to keep an eye on today earlier this week. While there are never any major conclusions to draw after a team scrimmage, it will be good to see the players in live action and if offensive execution improves from last year. While generally the defense is ahead of the offense in spring games or preseason scrimmages, the offense will actually have more continuity at the key positions and could use a positive outing heading into the offseason.
The battle for playing time at wide receiver behind Noel Thomas is also wide open. Sophomores Tyraiq Beals and Hergy Mayala saw the most playing last year time among the candidates, but Brian Lemelle has recovered from an injury which sidelined him for most of the 2015 season and sophomore Aaron McLean, redshirt freshmen Frank Battle and Bryan Coney will also factor in the competition.
The game will not be televised, but you can listen to Joe D'Ambrosio and Casey Cochran on the UConn IMG network. We'll also have live updates here so be sure to check back right here as well!
1st Drive Blue (first teamers) starts with the ball on the 30
11-play, 70-yard touchdown drive capped off by a 3-yard TD run by Arkeel Newsome. Longest plays were a 26-yard pass from Bryant Shirreffs to Alec Bloom on 3rd down and a Shirreffs scramble to get into the red zone. 7-0 Blue
2nd Drive - White ball on the 30
Backups, looking like a lot of deep roster guys in there, go 3-and-out, quarterbacked by Garrett Anderson
3rd Drive - Blue ball on the 22 after a Justin Wain punt
Shirreffs hits Brian Lemelle and Mayala for a couple of short passes before getting Ron Johnson on a check down. A Mayala drop, and an incomplete pass attempt to Lemelle after a run has the Blue team punting from the 50.
4th Drive - White ball on the 8
Couple of nice throws from Garret Anderson but the White team punts again after getting one first down. The first team defense is looking real strong.
5th Drive - Blue ball on the 14
Ron Johnson run for a loss, O-line still struggling.
END 1st QUARTER - Blue 7, White 0
Blue 6 first downs, White with 1
Blue offense has 123 yards
Shirreffs 6-8 58 yards
Leading rushers: Shirreffs 19 yards rushing, 17 yards for Ron Johnson
5th Drive (continued)
Shirreffs hits Bloom again for a long gainer.
Anderson takes over at QB, throws an interception to Vanderbilt transfer Tre' Bell
6th Drive - White ball on the 32
Tyler Davis in at QB for White, sacked on his second play. Hits RB Jason Thompson for a completion short on third down.
7th Drive - Blue taking over on the 14
Anderson under center, zips a long one to F Billy Williams on the first play. Next play is a 63-yard touchdown run by Ron Johnson! 14-0 Blue
8th Drive - White ball on the 30
3-and-out, Tyler Davis looking skittish out there.
9th Drive - Blue ball on the 38
Anderson intercepted by redshirt junior LB Jalen Stevens
10th Drive - White ball on the 45
Brandon Bisack in at QB, hits Tyraiq Beals with a completion, no first down.
Internet went down here, first half almost over and we are stopping live updates with mostly backups playing. We'll have a recap up later.