"Hopefully him and me on the same side [will cause some problems],'' said Thomas, who was asked if he were a blocker which one he would take. "I don't know who exactly, but as long as we can make it hard on opposing offensive lines to know who to block, we'll be better.''
Aside from those plays by Irvin and Devine, the scrimmage was eventful primarily for its sloppiness. Quarterbacks Geno Smith and freshmen Barry Brunetti and Jeremy Johnson combined to complete 16-of-18 passes for 113 yards and no interceptions, but for the most part they were safe and simple routes.
Smith did complete a nice 24-yarder to Tavon Austin along the sideline to convert a third down and Brunetti hit freshman Ivan McCartney on a quick timing route down the sideline for 24 yards to set up a touchdown. Smith also hit Jock Sanders for 16 yards across the middle to convert a third down at his own 5 the play before Devine's touchdown run.
But mostly the passes were short and safe and the execution on run plays sloppy beyond the No. 1 offense. The dropped snaps and exchange problems belonged mainly to the freshmen, particularly Johnson, who also had a pitch batted down for a turnover by freshman safety Michael Dorsey.
Brunetti finished 4-for-4 passing for 44 yards and ran for a 2-yard touchdown. Johnson was 3-for-4 for nine yards.
Smith was 9-of-10 for 60 yards, Sanders caught four passes for 25 yards and Austin caught two passes for 27 yards and ran three times for 18 yards.
A handful of players missed the scrimmage, most notably cornerback Keith Tandy, safety Sidney Glover, nose guard Chris Neild and receiver Brad Starks. All but Neild have minor injuries. Stewart merely held out Neild to see others play. Larry Ford started in his place because Josh Taylor was also out.
The only special teams play during the scrimmage was by the field goal/PAT units and they were not all that pleasant. All-Big East kicker Tyler Bitancurt made field goals of 34, 35 and 38 yards, but missed from 47. The No. 1 unit also missed two PATs, one when holder Jeremy Kash couldn't get the snap down and the second when Bitancurt hit the left upright.
Transfer kicker Corey Smith also missed one in the mid-40s range, but made two from 37 and 48 yards.
Sophomore Shawne Alston scored with the No. 2 offense twice, once from a yard out at the end of a red-zone drill and then on an 8-yard run in goal line. Austin also scored for the No. 1 offense in goal line on a 5-yard en-around.
Alston got more work than any other back, carrying 11 times for 36 yards, all with the No. 2 offense.
Chris Snook also scored when he caught a two-point conversion pass from Brunetti on the last play of the scrimmage. Freshman running back Trey Johnson had a touchdown run of 17 yards with the No. 3 units on the field.
All in all, though, Stewart left the field disappointed in a lot of things.
"I'm glad we didn't play today,'' Stewart said. "There's one team that can beat the Mountaineers. One team. They were on this field [Saturday]. They won. The team that can beat West Virginia, beat West Virginia.''