With a number of men down, the Huskies held a final practice Saturday at Rentschler Field with no score or timing, running drills and a live scrimmage, along with red-zone plays. Chandler Whitmer completed eight of 14 passes for 140 yards, but several of UConn's marquee names sat out, including Yawin Smallwood, Shamar Stephen and Chad Christen.
The biggest takeaway for coach Paul Pasqualoni was the play from both lines. He told reporters afterward that he was pleased with their communication and execution.
The Mustangs did not have a traditional spring game and instead capped the season with a fanfest Saturday at Pettus Field.
The spring campaign gave head coach June Jones a chance to integrate guru Hal Mumme into the offense as the new coordinator. Jones told the Dallas Morning News that a customary 15-20 percent change would come with the addition, though the idea of two of the great offensive minds of college football working together is certainly intriguing. Mumme has enjoyed working with Garrett Gilbert.
“I’ve watched more film in the last month than I have in the last four years,” Mumme told the paper. “It’s really been interesting. I think we’ll come up with a great package that will maybe be the 21st century version of the Air Raid.”
Quarterback play was the story going into Saturday's contest, and the performances before 3,530 fans at Edberg-Olson Hall proved why.
It may have only been an extended practice session, but Connor Reilly did what he could to validate his surge from the fourth-team to the first-team this spring. He completed 25 of 41 throws for 366 yards and four touchdowns and an interception in his White squad's 34-28 win over the Cherry.
The receiver on those two touchdown strikes? Chris Coyer, who entered the spring as the expected favorite to start under center, along with Clinton Granger. But Coyer started practicing at H-back this spring, and the move will put Coyer in position to make the most of his fifth and final year at Temple. He had touchdown grabs of 11 and 65 yards and finished the day with three catches for 80 yards, to go with a 10-yard rush.
Granger, who started the season's final two games, was not too shabby himself, completing 26 of 44 passes for 302 yards with three touchdowns and a pick.