SASKATOON – Bryan Bennett was the star of Saturday’s Saskatchewan Roughriders annual Green & White scrimmage at SMF Field. The 25-year old quarterback from Tarzana, CA threw three touchdown passes in a fairly slick performance by the Riders before a packed crowd.
Bennett threw majors to Antwane Grant (15 yards), Naaman Roosevelt (25 yards) and Duron Carter (25 yards) on the day.
There were 18 offensive series in all, with Kevin Glenn getting the first. He threw for first downs to Jenson Stoshak, Bakari Grant and Duron Carter however a fumble by running back Cameron Marshall at the +37-yard line ended the drive. That was also the end of Glenn’s afternoon.
Vince Young quarterbacked the next two series, as part of his six drives on the day. His first possession was a 2-and-out and then he served up a deep interception to rookie Zavian Bingham on the second.
In his subsequent drives, Young was sacked by Willie Jefferson forcing a punt, Tyler Crapigna missed on a 44-yard field goal attempt, Young was picked by defensive lineman Ese Mrabure, and he finished with a 2-and-out.
Bryan Bennett was the pivot for five series, ending three with touchdown passes.
Brandon Bridge got four possessions, including one which ended with a 13-yard touchdown strike to Mitch Picton.
Rookie quarterback Marquise Williams – who was signed on Wednesday – got two possessions. On the first he was intercepted by DB Derrick Moncrief (who was signed on Saturday), and on the second Tyler Crapigna struck a 55-yard field goal to end the day for the Riders.
It was a good way for Crapigna to leave the field, as he missed a field goal and extra point earlier in the day.
The defensive star was veteran D-end Willie Jefferson who unofficially had two sacks and a tackle for a loss.
NOTES: Game stats will be published here when they are available … Absent from the Mock Game were veterans Rob Bagg, Brendon Labatte and Caleb Holley. Head Coach Chris Jones said all are suffering from minor nicks which wouldn’t keep them out of a regular season game … P Josh Bartel and LS Jorgen Hus also did not participate. Quinn Van Gylswyk and Tyler Crapigna split the punting duties while rookie Alexandre Gagne did the deep-snapping … The Riders have been given Sunday off and will return to the field Monday morning at 9:00 at Griffiths Stadium … Saturday the Riders host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in preseason action at 7:00 at new Mosaic Stadium on 620 CKRM.