The playcalling was more conservative tonight, which accounts for the lower passing stats. Cody Kessler was extremely efficient. Max Browne struggled at times while Jalen Greene tried to force some passes but also made a decent debut.
The trouble spot was 14 penalties, which means 29 in two scrimmages. Steve Sarkisian told the team in a meeting today he wanted fewer penalties. There will be a lot of talk on the Internet about Adoree Jackson and Juju Smith’s long kickoff returns. It should be noted the defense on those plays was hardly “game” effort. But it did show their explosiveness.