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Courtesy: Jeff Huehn/UTSA Athletics

Simmons, Johnston shine in Wednesday scrimmage

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 11/10/2010
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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SAN ANTONIO — Freshman quarterback John Simmons piled up 160 yards of offense and two rushing touchdowns and freshman defensive back Nic Johnston recorded five tackles, including a sack, to lead the way for the defense in the seventh fall scrimmage for UTSA on Wednesday night at Dub Farris Stadium.

Simmons carried the ball eight times for 98 yards, completed 5-of-6 passes for 31 yards and added a 31-yard reception to help lead the offense to points on all three drives he engineered.

Meanwhile, Johnston was one of four defenders to register five stops. Junior defensive back Mark Waters and freshman DBs Seth Jamison and Collin Simpson all had five tackles, while sophomore linebacker Steven Kurfehs posted four, including one for a loss.

Sophomore running back CheRod Simpson got loose for 48 yards on the left side on the first play from scrimmage and freshman Aaron Hayduk capped the five-play 76-yard opening drive with a 38-yard field goal.

Simmons led the offense on a quick scoring march, toting 46 yards on the first play and scoring two plays later on a 24-yard keeper, to give him 70 yards on two rushes.

The defense forced a three-and-out on the next possession, but Simmons then guided the offense on a 13-play, 79-yard drive. A 31-yard pass from sophomore running back Evans Okotcha to Simmons helped set up the New Braunfels native for a one-yard keeper for his second score of the night.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Eric Soza then found freshman running back Brandon Armstrong all alone on the sideline for a 50-yard touchdown pass to cap a five-play, 85-yard drive.

Freshman signal caller Kennedy Jones joined in on the air attack by connecting with freshman wide receiver Mike Wilburn for 47 yards down the left sideline to key the next scoring drive. Freshman wideout Noe Garcia found paydirt from 11 yards out on a reverse to cap the seven-play, 70-yard march.

The offense added 10 points in short-field situations late in the scrimmage, Freshman placekicker Sean Ianno split the uprights from 35 yards out, while Okotcha was on the receiving end of a 17-yard touchdown pass from Soza that included three pitches in the backfield.

Soza finished 13-of-18 for 129 yards and two scores through the air, while freshman Kam Jones hauled in four passes for 36 yards.

The final fall scrimmage will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Alamodome.

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