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Spring football: Wildcats, T-birds continue to make progress

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Published: Saturday, April 6 2013 10:26 p.m. MDT

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OGDEN — The Weber State football team continued its spring practice sessions with another scrimmage Saturday morning at Stewart Stadium. Both sides of the ball made progress in the approximately 45-play scrimmage as the Wildcats approach their final week of spring practice.

On the offensive side, senior quarterback Jordan Adamczyk threw for 65 yards and newcomer Alfonso Medina threw for 40 yards. He also had a 15-yard touchdown pass to Braden Corpus. Ben Maraz and Jadrian Clark also saw action at the quarterback spot for the Wildcats.

Senior Josh Booker had nine carries for 23 yards, including a one-yard touchdown run. Tony Schmitz also had four carries for the 'Cats.

The Wildcats had several players make plays on the defensive end including two interceptions. Devonte Johnson returned an interception for a touchdown and Daniel Henry recorded a touchdown. Jalen Ames, Chris Wheeler and Siamani Harris all had tackles for losses.

Shaun McClain made a couple of field goals on special teams.

"We limited our reps a little bit because of some of our injuries, but I thought we were pretty effective and efficient today," said WSU head coach Jody Sears. "We have a lot of our younger players that are getting more reps, and I thought both sides showed good things today. It's good to see our leadership coming into place."

Several Wildcats were held out of Saturday's scrimmage due to injury.

The Wildcats will conclude the spring season with the annual Purple and White game next Saturday, April 13, at 6 p.m. at Stewart Stadium.

SUU FOOTBALL: At Cedar City, after losing the most prolific passer in the history of the school as well as three stalwart offensive linemen and its starting running back from the 2012 squad, there were myriad questions facing the Southern Utah football team on the offensive side of the ball this spring.

Although not all of those questions have been answered definitively in the first two weeks of spring ball, the progression of the Thunderbirds' offense was evident on Saturday when the team wrapped up its sixth practice with a 35-minute scrimmage session.

In the effort to replace Brad Sorensen (who threw for over 9,000 yards in his three seasons as the team's starter), four quarterbacks still find themselves in the mix: senior Jacob Allie, junior Aaron Cantu, sophomore Mitch Dahlen and freshman Tannon Pedersen.

All four have their strengths, and all four looked good on Saturday, leading quarterbacks coach and coordinator of the offense Steve Clark to say he's not ready to name a starter yet ?— which isn't a bad thing.

"Consistency is what we're looking for," Clark pointed out. "Jake had a great practice today but on Thursday he had a terrible practice. Tannon Pedersen had a great practice Thursday but he didn't have a great one today.

"Aaron Cantu has been probably the most consistent, he just needs to learn the offense. Mitch Dahlen has been a huge surprise for us … but he's worked very hard to get where he is.

"They're battling every day, all four of them are very close right now … it's going to go down to the wire, if we name one in the spring." Clark said.

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