After watching his team scrimmage for almost two hours Saturday, University of North Alabama head football coach Bobby Wallace said he was pleased overall with what he saw.
"I was pleased defensively," Wallace said. "We had some good hits and the guys flew around and played pretty well. We didn't get any turnovers but that means the offense did a good job of holding on to the ball." Wallace also saw some bright spots on offense.
"I was pleased with the first team offense except we didn't sustain two drives and had to settle for field goals," he said. Starting quarterback Chris Alexander was limited to three series as the Lions worked freshmen quarterbacks with the first and second units. "We decided to go with the young guys with the first group so we could really evaluate them."
One player that took advantage of that opportunity was freshman quarterback Luke Wingo of Tuscaloosa who led two touchdown drives and scored on a 43-yard run. He also threw a one-yard scoring pass to Cedrick Wilcox.
The offense sputtered at times with bad snaps or fumbled exchanges but Wallace said some of that was to be expected.
"We had a lot of freshmen out here who were a little wide-eyed today and were playing in front of a big crowd," Wallace said. "A lot of the mistakes were by the young guys against the first team defense."
The UNA offense did manage a couple of other touchdowns on short runs. Wallace praised the running of backs Lamonte Thompson, Chris Coffey and Lamar Smith and said all three "know what to do and have the ability to make big plays."
Safety Nick Williams and receiver Chris Simpson were both injured during the scrimmage but Wallace said the extent of the injuries won't be known until they are evaluated by doctors.
"You hate to see any injuries, but you have to practice and you have to scrimmage to evaluate," he said. "We'll just have to wait until Monday and see what they tell us."