Football: Pace, penalty-free performance highlight spring game

Increasing the speed of play has been a theme all spring, including Saturday's spring game at Peden Stadium.

Quarterbacks Tyler Tettleton and Kyle Snyder led the offense during a scrimmage against the defense. The fast pace created some chances early in the game, but by the end of the day, the defense had adjusted to hold the offense at bay.

Wearing white uniforms, Ohio's offense put up 10 points in each half, with the most consistent offensive production coming before the break. The main second-half production took place when Tettleton engineered an impressive three-completion touchdown drive that covered 48 yards in about a minute. 

"We have different tempos in our no-huddle," coach Frank Solich said. "So that dictates a little bit whether that ball's going to get snapped with 18 seconds on the clock, whether it's going to be snapped with 10 seconds on the clock."

The offense took the play clock close to zero a couple times but always got off the snap before yellow flags left the officials' back pockets. Besides two illegal procedure calls, the squads played without much intervention from the men in stripes.

"When you're working the different tempos like we are, you're not going to be perfect in all that," Solich said, "but I've been pleased with the fact that, virtually, this scrimmage didn't have any penalties to begin with."

The Bobcats look to build on their successes — and correct several shortcomings — during their final three practices next week.

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