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Saturday, Aug 24 2013 10:26 PM

Scrimmage provides glimpse of 2013 BC football team

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    Quarterback Darrik Martin pushes through the defensive line during Saturday's scrimmage.

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    BC's #9 Quarterback Vaughn Richardson hands off the ball to a teammate.

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    BC's #14 Quarterback Cruise Adams hands off the ball to a teammate during a recent scrimmage.

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    BC's #14 Quarterback Cruise Adamslooks for an open man during Saturday's scrimmage.

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    BC's #10 Quarterback Juan Carbajal hands off the ball to a teammate during Saturday's scrimmage.

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    BC's #10 Quarterback Juan Carbajal lets one go during Saturday's scrimmage.

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BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer jevans@bakersfield.com

Just because some players put up good numbers at Saturday morning's Bakersfield College football scrimmage doesn't mean those players are poised to be BC's front-line players this season.

The coaches said they are looking beyond what spectators see from the seats.

"We're looking for consistency and guys who play fast," head coach Jeff Chudy said. "Obviously, it all starts with getting lined up correctly.

"Are they looking where they're supposed to be looking? Are they going to play fast? Obviously, the guys who are most consistent will move up the depth chart."

In a quick critique minutes after the scrimmage ended, Chudy said: "We had one fumble exchange. We lost a fumble inside the 30. We have five procedure penalties on offense. We can't do that stuff."

As for the defense, Chudy said; "We had guys with their eyes in the wrong spot and they gave up big plays. We gave them a big throw-back post (a 50-yard TD play to wide receiver Colin Spencer) because the DB was looking in the wrong spot. We gotta get better."

The Renegades shuffled personnel in and out of the action for about two hours at Memorial Stadium.

Six quarterbacks were used. The best numbers were posted by Tarek Yaeggi, a freshman from Watertown, Wis., who was 10-of-13 for 125 yards and the 50-yard touchdown to Spencer.

Darrik Martin, who played at Golden Valley High, then two years at a prep school in Pennsylvania, was 7-of-10 passing for 95 yards. Juan Carbajal, last year's backup quarterback who attempted zero passes in 2012, was 6-of-13 for 67 yards with two passes dropped.

Other quarterback numbers: Garces graduate Cruise Adams was 4-of-9 for 73 yards; Taft product Vaughn Richardson was 3-of-5 for 25 yards and Richardo Castro from Shafter was 3-of-5 for 41 yards.

There were no interceptions, although a few forced passes were nearly picked off.

"It's not just the stats," said Carl Dean, BC's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. "I'm looking at everything.

"I'm looking at their footwork, I'm looking at their fundamentals. I'm looking at their eyes. ...

"In some cases, plays are made because others break down. They make plays because the line breaks down.

"But for me, it's their pre-snap alignment. It's their pre-snap eyes, their reads. It's everything. it's staying with their group and leading their group. It's being the general on the field we're looking for."

Freshman Preston Hodges from Independence was the busiest runner and appears to be the No. 1 running back. He had seven carries for 63 yards while showing tackle-breaking strength and moves.

"We've said all along he was one of the better high school football players to come out of our area in a long time," Chudy said. "He's a very, very talented kid. The great thing about Preston is he's a quiet guy who works hard and he's trying to get better.

"That's a good thing when one of your more talented guys on your football team has that work ethic. And he's a humble guy. It makes it easier for these other guys to feed off of that."

Spencer, a sophomore from Olivet, Mich., who played last season at Albion College (Mich.), had two touchdown catches to lead the receivers, finishing with five catches for 146 yards with catches covering 50, 49 and 35 yards.

Spencer was wide open deep down field when he caught a Yaeggi pass in stride and raced to the end zone for the 50-yard play.

His most impressive TD catch was a short screen pass only five yards past the line of scrimmage when he made the catch, faked to his left and broke right while splitting defenders. He had an open field in front of him and outran the DBs for a 49-yard score.

"I really don't know that much about him," Chudy said. "He made that big play on a flip screen.

"He's one of those guys who runs extremely good routes and is a kid who competes really well. He's not the most physically talented guy but he works extremely hard."

Brock Martin, the team's top returning receiver from last season, shook off two early-scrimmage drops to catch four passes for 52 yards.

Ten different running backs had carries and 16 different receivers had receptions.

West High graduate Brian Millan kicked a 30-yard field goal and was barely wide left on a 47-yard attempt. Bakersfield High grad Parker Campbell had two extra points.

Starting middle linebacker Grant Campbell hobbled off the field on the first series and didn't return, but he was walking normally and did not receiver any special treatment on the sidelines.

"We know what Grant can do," Chudy said. "He doesn't have to prove anything to us. He's a starting 'backer and there are no issues about that."

BC will have its final intrasquad scrimmage Thursday at 6 p.m. The season opener is Sept. 7 at Santa Ana College.

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