Middle linebacker Tony D'Amato and the rest of the Utah State defense dominated a controlled scrimmage that capped the second week of Utah State's spring football practices here on Saturday.
D'Amato made big play after big play in the 1:15 scrimmage in which the USU offense alternated four different quarterbacks and had trouble moving the football.The offense scored just two times as freshman quarterback Jeff Crosbie hit Artavias Thompkins on a 13-yard touchdown pass for the first touchdown. Running back Tamar Johnson provided the offensive highlight of the day with his 32-yard scoring run, in which he broke at least three tackles as he zigzaged across the field for the score.
Transfer Riley Jensen was the most successful of the USU quarterbacks as he completed eight-of-12 passes for 69 yards. Jensen also threw the only interception of the day as linebacker Vaughn Harrison picked off Jensen's last attempt.
Crosbie hit four-of-eight passes for 35 yards, while Brian Benza was two-of-six for 58 yards and Logan Galli was two-of-six for 24 yards. Benza and Ricky Brumfield connected for a 46-yard completion for the longest play of the scrimmage.
Running back Demario Brown saw limited time, rushing just four times for 21 yards, including a long of 14 yards. Johnson was the leading rusher with two carries for 33 yards. Damon Moore added 22 yards on six attempts, and John Roberts rushed 10 times for 12 yards.