Sophomore Jalen Hamler completed 11 of 16 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, newcomer Hunter Raquet threw for 49 yards and juniors Conor Bruce and Kyle Reid showed their talents as well during a 90-minute scrimmage Saturday morning inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
First-year Mustang head coach Beau Baldwin wants to see more before making any decisions.
"Way too early to talk about who will start at quarterback," said Baldwin. "Got to go watch some film first."
Hamler connected with tight end Michael Roth on a 71-yard scoring pass and with fullback Ryan Rivera on a 32-yarder. Hamler also scored on a two-yard run as did Raquet during short-yardage situational plays.
Roth finished with four catches for 94 yards. Rivera and Quentin Harrison added a pair of receptions for the Mustangs and Mitch Anderson snagged one for 37 yards.
As far as rushing went, CJ Cole carried the ball 10 times and netted 41 yards with a long of 13 yards while Chuby Dunu added 35 yards on eight trips.
"I thought we did a lot of good things for only being on the field for just a few amount of practices in a row," Baldwin added. The Mustangs have practiced seven times since ending a 17-day pause due to COVID-19 issues, forcing postponement of their first two Big Sky Conference games Feb. 27 and March 6.
Cal Poly will make up those games at UC Davis on March 20 and at home against Weber State on April 17. The Mustangs' opener will be against Southern Utah on March 13 inside Spanos Stadium.
Defensively, Cooper Gallaway, Michael Briscoe, Ian Dong and Connor Heffler, all freshmen, recorded sacks. Myles Cecil and Judaea Moon added tackles for lost yardage while Dawson Hurst broke up a pass.
"The tight ends made a couple big plays on offense and a couple young linebackers in the backfield made tackles on defense," Baldwin noted. "Both of those things are real exciting to see and I am excited for this group as it keeps growing.
"Both sides of the ball saw a level when momentum shifted back and forth at different times," Baldwin added. "Obviously there's a a ton of things to clean up. There always is, no matter what side of the ball you're on."
The scrimmage ran the gamut from short-yardage situations to long drives we well as plenty of time devoted to special teams, giving the coaching staff plenty to watch on film this weekend.
"I told the players after the scrimmage that, if we get beat on a play, we get beat. But we want to get away from the unforced errors," Baldwin added. "We had some unforced errors on both side of the ball. Pre-snap penalties are unforced errors on offense or not being where you're supposed to be on defense as opposed to someone breaking a tackle or making a play. That's a different deal. We've just got to keep cleaning that up."
After another week of practice at Doerr Family Field next week, the Mustangs plan another scrimmage for March 6 in Spanos Stadium.
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