2007 Preseason Lookaheads -
– The Dennis Erickson era opened in Tempe with a 20-7 victory for the
White team over the Maroon. The Maroon defense saw enough of emerging
star running back Ryan Torain, as he ran for 68 yards on nine carries,
scoring twice in the process. White quarterback Rudy Carpenter was
14-of-26 for 190 yards passing.
– The maturation process of quarterback Willie Tuitama continued in the
Arizona spring game in front of 9,500 fans in Wildcat Stadium. The
junior-to-be is adapting to new offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes’
spread offense and completed 24-of-39 for 292 yards and two touchdowns.
However, he also threw two costly picks to the Cat defense.
– The Golden Bears concluded spring practice with a spirited scrimmage
in front of 2,000 fans at Memorial Stadium. Both sides of the ball
offered up crowd pleasing moments, but it was quarterback Nate Longshore
who led the way. Cal’s starting quarterback completed nine of 13 passes
for 130 yards and three touchdowns, including a 30-yarder to
All-American receiver DeSean Jackson.
– Running back Jonathan Stewart and quarterback Brady Leaf led the Green
team to a 20-6 victory over the White in the annual spring game in
Eugene. Stewart averaged 8.2 yards per carry, while Leaf completed
seven of 11 passes for 70 yards and one touchdown. The White offense,
led by quarterback Dennis Dixon, could only generate two field goals
against the Green defense.
– After scoring 20 first-half points, the Black team held off a valiant
White team for a 20-14 victory. Four quarterbacks saw action for both
squads, but it was Sean Canfield who was the most impressive of the lot.
Canfield completed 17 of his 30 passes for 224 yards, one touchdown and
a pick for the victorious Black squad.
– Although new head coach Jim Harbaugh played quarterback throughout his
career, it was his defense that he was most proud of after the annual
Cardinal and White Spring game. That defensive unit recorded seven
sacks and intercepted two passes in Harbaugh’s maiden voyage as Cardinal
head coach. Starting quarterback T.C Ostrander was up and down
throughout the day, completing 19-of-36 for 164 yards.
– The Trojans held an intrasquad scrimmage in its final practice of the
2007 spring, one led by the hard running of tailback Chauncey
Washington. He ran for only 48 yards, but averaged 5.3 yards per carry
and scored two touchdowns. Heisman candidate quarterback John David
Booty completed three of eight tosses, but one of those was a 21-yard
touchdown to tight end Fred Davis.
– The battle for the starting quarterback position between Ben Olson and
Patrick Cowan was settled the night before the team’s final scrimmage
with Olson taking the reins. However, neither one did much of anything
the next day against the stout Bruin defense. The defense sacked Olson
four times and intercepted Cowan twice, including a pick six for safety
– With many of the team’s starters on the
Purple squad, the Husky spring game was a predictable runaway as the
Purple rolled over the White 44-7. Running back Louis Rankin flourished
against the number two defense, registering 99 yards on 16 carries,
while backup running back J.R. Hasty picked up 35 yards on ten carries
against the starting Purple unit.
State – Starting quarterback Alex Brink
completed seven of 12 passes in the Cougars’ final scrimmage of the
spring. Brink found wide receiver Brandon Gibson for a 39 yard
touchdown reception, while fellow receiver Greg Walker caught the only
other touchdown of the day from quarterback Kevin Lopina.