August 18, 2007

Mustangs look sharp in 'vanilla' scrimmage

As the Ford Stadium field filled with the families of SMU players, coach Phil Bennett made one thing clear before joining the fray: "There were no major injuries."

And, for SMU, having lost junior college transfer Rock Dennis earlier in the week, that was good news.

But, even though the SMU coach called his first public scrimmage "very vanilla," the Mustangs looked crisp on offense.

Quarterback Justin Willis showed no sign of the rustiness that plagued him in the spring and into the start of fall camp.

"It's obvious he's played a year," Bennett said of his quarterback's poise.

The redshirt sophomore was 17-for-20 for 264 yards and two scores. The numbers also included a 48-yard strike to a sprawling Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders was shaken up on the play and did not return, but Bennett said that he is fine.

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