Rob Moseley was at Autzen stadium yesterday along with John Hunt, Chris Courtney and Andy Mac. They all saw an improved offensive performance over the first scrimmage but neither Costa, or Thomas, made any significant separation moves from the other.
Moseley's highlights included:
Barner looked quick and fast on his 36-yard touchdown run that was called back. He busted through the line and then high-stepped through a couple of ankle tackles at the end. Costa did a nice job of throwing on the run when forced from the pocket. Maehl caught a jump ball from Thomas in traffic, fending off Boyett and Avery Patterson. The hit of the day was by Kenny Rowe, who broke up a pass with a hit on Tuinei.
Defensive plays highlighted Hunt's view of the second scrimmage.
A couple of hits stood out: Linebacker Michael Clay pasting running back Remene Alston and defensive end Kenny Rowe popping receiver Lavasier Tuinei. The defensive backs had the upper hand for most of the morning, forcing Darron Thomas and Nate Costa to throw the ball away numerous times.
Courtney was impressed with third string QB Daryle Hawkins.
Hawkins had another impressive day both running and throwing the football. Two of the arguably biggest offensive plays of the scrimmage came at the hands of Hawkins, who flashed great touch and arm strength on a couple of deep balls that went for touchdowns.
Andy Mac recounts the scoring stats.
All told, the offense accounted for five touchdowns – three passing, two rushing – and converted on all four field goal attempts. This came a week after the unit produced two rushing touchdowns and six field goals.
• Ben Roethlisberger's four to six game suspension opens the door for former Oregon QB Dennis Dixon according to Matt Williamson. Rumor has is that the Steeler's are looking to trade Big Ben.
It would be fun to watch Dixon each week and I hope he makes the most of this chance.