"Everyone is going to see a bigger and faster team on the field this year," Ledgerwood said. "We worked hard in the off season and are ready to show it … I want to have at least ten tackles in every game this fall and play my tail off to get it."
His impressive work followed big plays in previous series' by Hoffart, a JC transfer defensive tackle, Kooyman, the senior defensive end, and Washington, the second-year freshman cornerback.
The defense's work in this inaugural scrimmage was all the more impressive because starting tackles Brandon Rankin and Bernard Wolfgramm sat the day out.
Tuel completed 3 of 9 passes for 27 yards. He and the first-team offense ran into trouble early on against the No. 1 D. The first series ended with the defensive line, led by Kooyman, collapsing on Tuel.
The second 1 vs. 1 series included a couple of nice 5-yard runs by Logwone Mitz, but the defense took over. Hoffart sacked Tuel for a large loss and then, one play later, a Tuel pass intended for Jeffrey Solomon was tipped by Chima Nwachukwu and picked off by Washington.
The third 1 vs. 1 series featured the Ledgerwood exploits.
"We came out a little emotionally flat but we got a lot of work done and we can definitely teach off it … Our defense showed consistency in terms of being in the right spots for the most part and tackling well," Paul Wulff told CF.C after the two-hour affair.
Marshall Lobbestael led the second-team offense vs. the second-team defense with a nice mix of passing and running. For the day, he completed 9-of-10 passes for 69 yards, one TD and one INT. On one series, Lobbestael hit four different receivers -- Kristoff Williams, Blair Bomber, Marquess Wilson, and Carl Winston during one series. The drive was capped with a 10-yard TD strike to Williams.
Lobbestael's one errant pass -- intended for tight end Skylar Stormo – was picked off by Anthony Carpenter.
Lobbestael and Tuel weren't the only QBs getting action. David Gilbertson went 2-for-2 for18 yards, freshman Connor Halliday was 3-of-5 for 56 yards and a TD, and Dan Wagner was 0-for-1.
Halliday was at the helm for the last series of the day. His work included a 20-yard dart down the seam to Isiah Barton and a 28-yard TD pass to walk on wide receiver Austin Ehlo.
The scrimmage ended in a kicking duel between senior Nico Grasu and freshman Andrew Furney. Grasu went four-for-five on his attempts, with his lone miss coming from 50 yards out. Furney went three-for-four with his miss coming from 50 yards as well.