Associated Press Kramer pleased with team's development
LEWISTOWN - Almost 1,000 fans watched the Bobcat offense in a breakthrough day Saturday as Montana State staged its first major scrimmage of spring football drills at Fergus County Stadium.
Playing in near-perfect weather, the offense racked up 605 total yards on 75 plays - improvement beyond anything first-year head coach Mike Kramer hoped for.
Saturday's scrimmage marked the midpoint of MSU's spring drills, and Kramer said he's pleased with the team's development.
"I'm satisfied at this point because we're making progress every day. That's more important than gauging where we are against where we want to be.
The defense, which dominated the first seven practices this spring, had its moments Saturday as well, forcing two turnovers and registering five quarterback sacks.
Kramer especially praised safety Mike Woodberry, tailback Ryan Johnson, receiver Corey Smith and defensive linemen Nick Morasko and Jonathan Taylor.
Junior college transfer quarterback Farhaad Azimi completed 10 of 18 passes for 230 yards, but was intercepted once.In last Saturday's situational scrimmage he was 2 for 10 for 31 yards.
Senior Arie Grey caught four passes for 74 yards, and freshmen Darryl Johnson and Smith combined for five catches and 129 yards, including a 65-yard TD catch by Johnson.
Tailback Mitch Jones had 83 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, while Ryan Johnson rushed 12 times for 67 yards and score.
MSU practices Monday, Wednesday and Thursday before having a 4 p.m. scrimmage on Friday.