Tight ends shine in rainy spring scrimmage


PROVO, Utah – Freshman tight end Matt Bushman stood out on a rainy spring day as BYU football held its annual spring scrimmage on Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

About 6,000 Cougar fans enjoyed the open practice and scrimmage before the rain started to fall harder throughout the day.

After both sides of the ball warmed up, the team played a set of 7-on-7 skeleton drills. The offense and defense then competed in a pair of 11-on-11 scrimmages.

Bushman had four catches in the scrimmages for 105 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two receptions for 22 yards and another score in the skelly portion. The highlight play of the day came near the end of the scrimmage on a 65-yard catch-and-run down the sideline from freshman quarterback Kody Wilstead.

Sophomore quarterback Tanner Mangum went 10 for 16 for 102 yards and one touchdown but suffered three interceptions in the scrimmages. In the skeleton drills, he went 7 for 9 for 101 yards and an interception.

On defense, Isaiah Kaufusi had two interceptions, one in the skeleton and one in the scrimmage. Solomone Wolfgramm notched a tackle for loss and a sack in the scrimmage as well.

In the first skeleton drill, tight end Joe Tukuafu notched a 47-yard completion from Mangum to highlight the offense. The highlight of the second skeleton drill was Bushman's 4-yard touchdown reception from Beau Hoge on fourth down.

In the first 11-on-11 scrimmage, Hoge found Bushman for a 32-yard gain. In the next play, Kaufusi took down the rusher for a tackle for loss. The defense held the offense to a 42-yard field goal that just missed off of the right upright in the opening drive.

On the defensive side, Butch Pau’u, Chris Wilcox and Kaufusi all recorded interceptions in the scrimmage.

KJ Hall picked up 17 yards on a swing pass that he rushed for more gain. Despite Jonah Trinnaman’s 12-yard reception to get to first and goal, the offense settled for a 20-yard field goal from Rhett Almond.

In the second scrimmage, Spencer Romney picked up 32 yards on a reception. In traffic, Micah Simon caught a 15-yard pass to move the chains. Bushman caught his second touchdown pass of the day, first of the scrimmage, this time a 5-yard completion from Tanner Mangum