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Cal Poly Tallies Four Touchdowns, Four Field Goals in Scrimmage
Redshirt freshman quarterback Andre Broadous connected on a pair of touchdown passes and junior Chris Pinto was successful on three field goal attempts as Cal Poly conducted its lone full-contact scrimmage of the 2009 preseason football training camp Saturday morning in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Broadous, from Portland, Ore., completed all of his four pass attempts for 40 yards, including scoring strikes of 15 yards to junior wide receiver Dominique Johnson, the transfer from UCLA, and 10 yards to fullback Jake Romanelli.
Senior slotback Jono Grayson ran four yards for a touchdown and junior fullback Andrew Breaux scored the final touchdown of the nearly 90-minute scrimmage with a five-yard run.
All three of Pinto’s field goals spanned 37 yards while Jake West, also a junior, hit one from 47 yards out.
First-string quarterback Tony Smith completed two of six passes for 45 yards. Both connections were to senior slotback Jon Hall spanning 38 and seven yards late in the scrimmage.
“We took real good strides on offense, especially the second team, which was one of our focal points of the scrimmage,” first-year Mustang head coach Tim Walsh said.
Senior Harlan Prather completed three of four passes for 31 yards while redshirt freshman Doug Shumway was 0-for-1. Top receivers were Hall and Romanelli, each with a pair of catches.
Prather also averaged 46.3 yards on three punts, solidifying his position as the team’s No. 1 punter. West likely will handle kickoffs and long field goal attempts while Pinto is expected to handle short field goal attempts, PAT kicks and will be the backup punter.
A total of 16 players carried the ball in the scrimmage conducted in 100-plus degree heat with a northwest wind at 10 mph.
Junior fullback Jordan Yocum netted 30 yards on four attempts while Romanelli added 33 yards on three trips and redshirt freshman slotback Kelvin Rutledge 28 yards, also on three carries. Wide receivers Jarred Houston and Eric Gardley broke off long runs on reverses.
The Mustang defense recorded four sacks. Tackle James Chen and linebackers Carlton Gillespie and Joe Brum each notched a sack while Gavin Cooper, Quentin Greenlaw and Karl Winkelman combined on the fourth sack.
Defensive end Matt Sullivan batted down a pair of Mustang pass attempts on the line. Brum and freshman safety Johnny Millard, son of former Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Keith Millard, also had pass breakups.
“The staple points of our defense are to run to the ball and tackle. We didn’t tackle very well,” noted Walsh. “We tackled poorly today and we have to be more consistent.
“Special teams got a lot of good looks today and we were able to solidify some positions out there,” Walsh added.
The 90 players will spend one more week in preseason camp, breaking Sept. 5, and will return Monday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day), to prepare for the season opener Sept. 12 against Sacramento State at 4:05 p.m. in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Cal Poly has preseason national rankings of No. 12 (The Sports Network Media Poll) and No. 13 (FCS Coaches Poll).
Walsh was hired Jan. 9 at Cal Poly after four seasons as head coach at Sonoma State, 14 more at Portland State and, most recently, two years as offensive coordinator at Army. He accumulated a 117-82 record in his previous 18 seasons as a head coach.
Last year’s Mustang squad finished 8-3, posting the school’s sixth straight winning season and earning final national rankings of No. 8 (FCS Coaches Poll) and No. 10 (The Sports Network Media Poll). The 2008 squad won the Great West title for the third time in five years and earned the school’s second NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth.
By Cal Poly Media Relations