"We did some good things," he said. "We didn't do anything great. It was fairly evenly matched. Both sides did some good things, both sides did some things that got corrected the past two days."
For quarterback Marcus Mariota the scrimmage highlighted two aspects of his game that he'll spend the rest of the spring focusing on.
"You take what you learn from and try to apply it to the next practice. For myself it was just trying to be a little quicker with my feet and making the right decisions," he said.
Both Helfrich and Mariota were asked about the wide receiving corps. While much of last year's rotation from remains intact (minus Will Murphy and Rashaan Vaughn), the unit still features more underclassmen than upperclassmen. Daryle Hawkins and Josh Huff are the only two seniors on the roster. "We've got a good competition there. We've got a lot of guys doing different things," Helfrich said, "It's a good situation there."
Freshman-turned-sophomore Bralon Addison was singled out by Helfrich, along with Huff, while Mariota pointed out B.J. Kelley's development.
"I feel like B.J.'s been doing really well. At the same token, I feel like they're all learning and growing. But B.J.'s done a good job stepping up for us and I'm looking forward to that continuing later on," He said.
Helfrich said part of that has to do with not only improved route running, but improved route recognition--namely which one to run.
"B.J. in scrimmages, he always finds a way," Helfrich said. "We were joking before the scrimmage, I was giving him a a hard time, his old self would've run the wrong route and scored a touchdown. But he actually ran the route a couple times and scored. That's a step in the right direction.
Mariota Talks Marshall, Back-Up QBs
On Tuesday the sophomore quarterback focused on running back Byron Marshall's play in the team's first scrimmage. Thursday, he expanded on what Marshall has shown this spring.
"He sees the hole and he hits it," he said. "There's not too much dancing. I think that's what we need out of this offense. If you can hit it north-and-south, even if it's a four-and-five yard gain, that's a huge first down win for us." Mariota had a harder time breaking down his back-up quarterbacks, specifically how they differ.
"There both good guys. I don't know how to explain it more than that. They're' both athletic. They both can move around. They can make all the throws. If there's one difference, Jake has a tattoo and Jeff doesn't," he joked.
Cornerback Terrance Mitchell also made a Gucci Mane (rapper) reference, but much of that audio was disrupted by construction. To summarize, the never bashful corner said, "Like my boy Gucci Mane, we're just going to keep working, keep working every day."
**For anyone confused, google is your friend. As it was mine.