Big plays abound in Bulls' night scrimmage
A week after being dominated by the defense, Quinton Flowers and Co. mostly held their own Saturday night in the Bulls' second major situational scrimmage to conclude preseason camp.
Among the highlights in first-team work: a diving interception by CB Ronnie Hoggins, who jumped a wheel route; and Flowers responding by scrambling right for a 64-yard strike to Ryeshene Bronson, setting up Marlon Mack's 1-yard TD.
So who won the 120-play rehearsal? "That's a great question," Coach Willie Taggart said.
"I thought both sides of the ball made plays for us. ... I thought our offense came out and drove the ball really well that first drive, and the next time we got back, our defense got a couple of three-and-outs. But it was going back and forth, and that was kind of good to see."
Hoggins' play may have been the highlight of the evening. The way he described it, the Bulls ran a post route and wheel to one side, with Hoggins passing off the post to a safety and concentrating on the tight end slipping out of the backfield in the wheel.
"(Flowers) tried to throw it back shoulder and I jumped it," he said.
"I'm ready to go watch it again," Taggart added.
"He's a smart kid and he's always up there watching film or he's always out there working on his craft. Even on his days off, I look out the window and Ronnie Hoggins and (CB) Deatrick Nichols are out here working on backpedaling and breaking. It's not a coincidence why they're pretty good football players."
* A tackle for loss by MLB Auggie Sanchez -- elected with Flowers as a team captain by his peers -- and sack by Countryside alumnus Mike Love on a stop against the first-team offense
* at least two touchdown drives by the second-team offense, led by redshirt freshman QB Brett Kean
* a 60-yard TD run by freshman QB Chris Oladokun
* a 40-yard run by freshman TB Trevon Sands
* a goal-line stand by the first-team defense at the 1-yard line, thwarting a 95-yard drive
"For me personally, it was just good to hear our guys out there communicating with each other," Taggart said.
"I think that's a credit to being in the system now going on Year 2. You just hear our guys communicating and calling out what they see, and you didn't get that before. I call a play and the defense is gonna call it out. I'm like, 'You gotta be kidding me. Shut up!'"
PICKED BY THEIR PEERS: Taggart used Twitter on Friday evening to confirm the selection of Sanchez and Flowers as 2016 captains.
"As you can see, Auggie is basically like the quarterback of the defense," Bronson said. "He's a real nice guy outside of football. He helps people out; when you're having a bad day he gives you wise words.
"Quinton, I think it's his time to be a leader. ... This year it's Year 3 and I feel like he's the man for the job and I think he's really gonna take care of us and lead us the right way."
ODDS AND ENDS: The Bulls get Sunday and Monday off before embarking on more of a game week-type practice schedule. ... Taggart balked when asked after the scrimmage if Kean had solidified the No. 2 quarterback job. "We probably got about a 120-play scrimmage and our guys know we're gonna grade it. I hate just talking off the cuff 'cause I'm always wrong. I always think it's bad and I watch the film and it's not as bad as it looked and not as good as it looked." ... At least four Class of 2017 commitments attended the scrimmage including Cocoa QB Bruce Judson and Hillsborough High standout Duran Bell.