April 4, 2008

Scrimmage Insider: Fisher pleased with progress

Scrimmage wrap (By Gene Williams, Warchant.com)

Offensive overview

So far this spring, the defense has held the upper hand in scrimmage play. With the final week of spring practice upon us, the offense has finally started to turn the tide.

Considering the defense only allowed two scores during the entire scrimmage (1 by the first team and 1 by the second), racked up eight sacks and forced a couple turnovers, Mickey Andrews' until more than held its own in Friday's scrimmage. Nevertheless, offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher was generally pleased with the progress his unit made in the team's second full scrimmage.

"I was happy today," Fisher said. "We made big plays, moved the ball and were a lot more consistent up an down. You have to remember that on two or three of those drives you are getting stopped where we could have kept on going and scored but you are out of plays since we aren't continuing drives (each series in the scrimmage stops after eight plays)... There were two or three times down there where we were ready to keep going in."

Even though there were numerous offensive penalties and the receivers were still had too many drops, the offensive statistics took a dramatic jump from last weekend's full scrimmage. In fact, the offense more that doubled the total output in yards (507 to 233).

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