Spring Game Brings Spirited Efforts for Aggie Football

T.J. Kings runs for more yards after one of his five receptions on Saturday.
 
T.J. Kings runs for more yards after one of his five receptions on Saturday.
 

April 26, 2014

DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis football team had highlights on both sides of the ball on Saturday during its annual Spring Game, but the Aggie offense got the better of the spirited scrimmage before several hundred fans at Aggie Stadium.

Quarterback London Lacy threw for 280 yards, fullback Dalton Turay and running back Manusamoa Luugacombined for 149 rushing yards and receiver T.J. King caught five passes, including one for a touchdown. Overall, the offense scored five times and didn't have a turnover.

Defensive back Quinn Harris and linebacker Travon Brooks each had six tackles while defensive ends Luke Wood and Marques Barron and defensive tackle Jess Ayala each recorded sacks. The defensive had six TFL's overall.

"Our defense has played extremely well the first 14 (practices)," said Aggie head coach Ron Gould. "Today, we didn't play as well as we had been but, all in all, I'm very, very pleased with both sides of the ball. The offense moved the ball well which was great to see."

Several starters from last season sat out the scrimmage while recovering from injuries this spring which Gould said gave others opportunities to grow in the program.

"It's afforded us an opportunity to get some young guys in to take a lot of reps," he said. "Guys are going to be competing for starting jobs. To see the maturation of these kids over the last 15 (practices) has been unbelievable."

Lacy, who will be entering his senior year, is among a group of quarterbacks looking to replace four-year starter Randy Wright who graduated. Lacy moved the team 75 yards yards on 13 plays on the opening drive, hitting King for an 11-yard gain early and tight end Mark Martindalepickups of 18 and 15 yards later.

He then found fullback Derek Baljeufor a five-yard touchdown, the first of two scores for Baljeu who also plunged in for a one-yard score later in the scrimmage.

King's 17-yard TD reception from Lacy capped a 70-yard scoring drive in the second of the four quarters which had running time, while Luuga bounced in from 16 yards for another score in the third quarter. Quarterback Ben Scotthad a seven-yard scamper later in the third quarter for the offense's other touchdown.

Lacy finished 17 of 23 for 280 yards and two touchdowns while Scott went 6 for 8 for 33. Newcomer Turner Baty, who joined the team this spring, threw for 30 yards.

"Overall, I thought the offense did really well," said Lacy. "We came out and started pretty fast and executed. I give thanks to my o-line and my receivers and running backs for just being there and executing for me. The defense gave us a lot of good looks but overall I thought it was a good day."

The offense had one touchdown pass to King nullified by a holding call.

Wood picked up his sack on the first driving, tackling Lacy for a six-yard loss back to the offense's 46-yard line. Barron wrapped up Lacy for a seven-yard loss on in the third quarter drive. Ayala added another sack, tackling Baty for a five-yard loss early in the fourth.

Four of Harris' tackles were solo stops while defensive backs Ade Jackson and Patrick Wellseach finished with five tackles. In all, 11 different players had at least three tackles in the 74-play scrimmage. Brennan Krikava had a quarterback hurry.

Turay carried the ball 14 times for 85 yards with a long of 18 yards while Luuga had 11 carries for 65, including a 16-yard gain. King finished with 83 receiving yards while Corey Galindo and Chris Martineach had three grabs for 59 yards.

Brady Stuart made all five extra-point attempts and Colby Wadmanhad a 47-yard punt.

The scrimmage brought to a close the spring practice season for the Aggies. The team practiced 15 times in preparation for the 2014 season which opens at Stanford on Aug. 30.

"I couldn't be more pleased with the effort, their passion, their energy and their attention to detail," said Gould. "We're growing as a team. We're not where we need to be. I don't want misconstrue that. We're not where we need to be but we're headed in the right direction."