MOSCOW, Idaho – Justin Veltung's explosiveness is no secret, but that didn't keep him from reeling in a 70-yard touchdown reception on the first play of the first scrimmage of Idaho's fall camp on Wednesday.
“That was awesome,” said coach Robb Akey, who kept coming back to Veltung and his abilities in his post-scrimmage comments.
In almost the same breath, Akey also cited the accuracy and productivity of senior quarterback Brian Reader, who completed nine of 15 passes for 222 yards and four TDs. Of those, three went to Veltung, who tallied 115 yards and two TDs during the 90-minute session.
“I like the big plays I saw from our offense today,” Akey said. “Obviously, we protected the quarterback better today. We ran the ball better today. We’re showing some growth in our offensive line.
“And Veltung – there’s a guy who stood out.”
As in any scrimmage, however, Akey found himself left with mixed feelings – like when the defense mounted a goal-line stand, which could only mean the offense had stalled.
“It was a first scrimmage,” he said. “There’s good and bad. What I did like – I saw some big plays on both sides. … There’s always more the head coach wants to see; more the offensive coordinator, the defensive coordinator would like to see. What I’m happy about is both sides produced today.”
In addition to Veltung’s 70-yard scoring catch, he also pulled in a three-yard scoring pass while Armauni Johnson (eight yards) and Mike Scott (33 yards) accounted for the other two TDs. To the defense’s credit, kicker Trey Farquhar was called on four times for field goals with successes at 20, 22 and 50 with a miss from 56 yards.