Defensively, there are still a lot of questions to be answered, specifically in the secondary, which, according to Beckman, still is an issue.
“We gave up several deep balls to receivers today, and those plays need to be made, no question about it”, Beckman said, referring to his defensive unit.
Another concern of Beckman’s continues to be the offensive line, and the lack of depth at the various positions.
“The offensive line continues to strive to find depth, because we don’t have enough depth up front, and some of the twos and threes are going to have to step up”, Beckman noted after the game. Beckman went on to add regarding the defensive line that “the guys on the defensive front need to do much better at pass rushing, which continues to be an issue as well”.
O’Toole had a good day passing the football, completing 12 of 17 passes for 126 yards and the two touchdown passes.
“It was fun out there today, showcasing a little bit of what we have been working on, and also knowing that you still have things that you need to continue to tweak as summer workouts approach”, O’Toole said of his performance in the game.
Lunt isn’t surprised that a starter hasn’t yet been named, but hopes to be the one that Beckman anoints once a decision is made.
“I want to be the starter, and I need to continue working on routes in summer workouts with the receivers, and we’ll just see where it goes from there”, Lunt said of the ongoing quarterback battle.
One bright spot on defense in the game was an 89 yard interception return for a touchdown by V’Angelo Bentley. Bentley showed flashes of brilliance last season, including several deep kick returns and a punt return for a touchdown. Bentley also saw a couple looks on offense as a running back, proving the offensive mind of coordinator Bill Cubit is always looking to shake things up on his side of the football.