Aggies Shine During Blue-Gold Football Scrimmage

O.J. Swanigan carries the ball during Friday's annual Blue-Gold scrimmage. The freshman rushed for 42 yards and caught three passes for 40 more. <br>(Tilcock Photo)
 
O.J. Swanigan carries the ball during Friday's annual Blue-Gold scrimmage. The freshman rushed for 42 yards and caught three passes for 40 more.
(Tilcock Photo)
 

August 30, 2002

DAVIS, Calif. - Junior quarterback Ryan Flanigan threw for 115 yards and a touchdown on Friday, senior quarterback Kenny Kearns completed five passes for 107 yards, and tight end Daniel Fells caught two touchdowns, highlighting action during UC Davis' annual Blue-Gold scrimmage at Toomey Field.

Additionally, running back Matt Massari rushed for 77 yards, freshman O.J. Swanigan had 42 yards and a touchdown on the ground and 40 more in receiving yards, and Kevin Freeman caught three passes for 56 yards. The Gold team was on offense for the duration of the controlled scrimmage - scoring 31 points, - while the Blue team made several big plays on defense.

"I'm so happy that we got through this with no injuries," said UC Davis Coach Bob Biggs. "That's what you worry about most. Obviously, it's tough to make an assessment until we watch the film.

"I was very pleased with Dusty Apocotos," Biggs added. "It looks like we've got a kicker." Apocotos made several field goals during a halftime break which featured special teams play, and then hit a 42-yarder in the second half of the scrimmage.

"All in all it was a good night," said Biggs. "We're making progress and that's what's most important. It's been a great two weeks. The players have a great attitude and a great work ethic. They really support each other on the field."

Seven quarterback saw action in the game, with all of them collecting at least 20 yards in passing. Besides Flanigan and Kearns, junior Jon Barragan threw for 46 yards on five completions, junior Bret Uppendahl had 56 yards and a touchdown through the air and freshman Bryan Lee-Lauduski and transfer Andy Zelinksi each had 35 yards. A total of 18 players caught passes, led by three each from Freeman, Swanigan and Fells. A dozen Aggies gained rushing yardage.

 

 

Fells caught a 22-yarder from Uppendahl late in the first quarter for the first of his scores and then collected a 6-yard TD pass from Flanigan late in the second. Swanigan had a 2-yard touchdown run in the first half and Elihu Vann scampered in from 20 yards for the other score.

Defensively, linebacker Clayton O'Kane had six total tackles, free safety Ejiro Evero had five and Daniel Kim, Tyler Birkley and Dustin Llanes each had sacks. Senior captain B.J. Brust had an interception and defensive backs Michael Penna and Anthony LaVelle each forced fumbles.

UC Davis begins its 84th season of football on Sept. 7 at top-ranked Grand Valley State. The Aggies have been ranked as high as No.2 in preseason polls after finishing 10-3 last season.

Kickoff in Allendale, Mich., next Saturday is 4 p.m. (PDT).