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Mortensen Scores on Long Run as Defense Stiffens in Final Scrimmage

Mortensen Scores on Long Run as Defense Stiffens in Final Scrimmage

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — One week after surrendering three touchdowns in a 35-play scrimmage, the Cal Poly defense played more inspiring, physical and emotional football Saturday morning.

The Mustang offense mustered just one score, a 66-yard run by slot back Broc Mortensen, during another scrimmage, this time accumulating 37 plays.

"There was much more energy on the defensive side of the ball today," said 10th-year Mustang head coach Tim Walsh. "There were 35 or so physical plays and as have to be a more physical team this fall."

Jake Jeffrey was at quarterback on the fourth drive of the scrimmage at Doerr Family Field and, on the third play, pitched the ball to Mortensen, who scampered around right end untouched for the touchdown.

The offense collected seven first downs during the scrimmage.

Kyle Reid connected with Dan Sanchez on a 21-yard pass play and J.J. Koski on an 11-yarder. Mortensen's touchdown run was only the second rushing play of 10 or more yards in the scrimmage.

Reid contributed a 35-yard run of his own as the offense drove 56 yards on the opening possession before stalling out. Drew Hernandez, Malcolm Davis and Duy Tran-Sampson each produced a nine-yard run.

The Mustang defense earned three sacks.

Reid and Jeffery are continuing to battle for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart at quarterback behind Khaleel Jenkins, who is sitting out Spring Camp as he continues his recovery from an injury last fall.

Jeffrey started the final six games last fall.

"Jeffrey showed his experience gained last fall on the touchdown drive," said Walsh, "and Reid showed his athletic ability with that long run. It's good competition between those two.

"There still is a lot for our players to learn, but I saw some good things out there today," Walsh added. "Duy's runs were great to see and all the inside linebackers made some good plays, but our offense has got to get those first downs on fourth and short."

Saturday's scrimmage is the last one prior to the annual Spring Game scheduled for Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

The "Gone but Never Forgotten" family weekend event, part of Cal Poly football's annual tribute to Mustang teammates who may be gone but will never be forgotten, also includes a golf tournament and barbecue on Saturday, April 28.

The Mustang Golf Classic tees off with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. at the Morro Bay Golf Course. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.

The barbecue dinner and program, to be held in the Multi-Activity Center behind the Cal Poly Recreation Center on campus, begins at 3 p.m.

Cost of the round of golf and dinner is $150 per player, which includes green fees, box lunch, the social following the round of golf and the dinner and silent auction.

For non-golfers, dinner is $25 per person, which includes the social, silent auction and barbecue dinner.

To register for the golf tournament and/or dinner, click here.

Sponsorship packages also are available, including a tournament sponsorship ($2,500), program sponsor ($1,500), sponsorship levels ($1,000), food/beverage sponsor ($500), tee sponsor ($100) and the position sponsor challenge (starting at $25).

To take advantage of sponsorship opportunities, click here.

For general information on all "Gone but Never Forgotten" events, click here.