The UTC football team held their first spring scrimmage Friday afternoon in Finley stadium, and like any first scrimmage, the Mocs walked away with some areas for improvement.

"We just had too many turnovers" said head coach Russ Huesman. "For one, I thought the ball handling wasn't great, but the one positive thing I saw was that they made plays and that's important. In that position, you have to make plays."

First year starter Alejandro Bennifield threw for 61 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted 3 times.

"I don't like to turnover the ball ever so i don't like that too much" says Bennifield. "I feel like i fought through, got the ball to the receivers, and made the right reads."

Besides the turnovers, overall the offense executed when they needed to and scored every time during goal line situations. Running backs recorded three rushing touchdowns, while wide receivers finished with five. 

The biggest benefit that comes from Friday's scrimmage though, is not as much the numbers, as it is the live action.

"It gets you away from the practice field" says Mocs wide receiver Will Young. The refs are out here so you have to play fast and play the tempo that you want in these scrimmages. So it helps us, it helps us a lot."

While the offense has plenty to work on going into the remaining nine practices, work ethic and heart was never questioned.

"I like that we kept fighting hard throughout turnovers and bad plays. We kept moving on to the next play, and that's important" says Bennifield.

"It's just a chance for our guys to put the ball down and play and compete and run the ball and execute and that's all we're looking for" said Coach Huesman. "Today we had no situations, and we didn't have a clock going. We basically said put it down let's play some football and let's let some young guys get better, and hopefully we did, hopefully we got some young guys better."