"The running game was good,'' he said. "Shawne Alston looked as good as I've ever seen him. He's hard to tackle.''
Holgorsen also praised the work of running back Andrew Buie, as well as fullbacks Ryan Clarke and newly converted Donovan Miles, who moved over from linebacker last week when Matt Lindamood elected to retire.
"And so we're doing something right up front, too, from a blocking standpoint,'' Holgorsen said.
More than any technical aspects of either the offense or the defense, however, what Holgorsen was perhaps most pleased with was the competitive nature of practice. He mentioned that last Tuesday the offense won most of the battles in those third-down and scoring zone situations, then the defense came back and won the day in similar short scrimmage situations Thursday.
"Typically in the spring, whoever gets beat in the last practice comes back with a little bit more motivation the next time,'' he said. "And I think offensively that's what we did [Sunday].''
That competitiveness shows up in individual battles, too, where tempers can sometimes flare up, but Holgorsen sees nothing wrong with that as long as it ends quickly and doesn't carry into the locker room.
He specifically mentioned one-on-one battles among some of his best players who tend to battle one another every day, like receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey against defensive backs Brodrick Jenkins and Darwin Cook, or guard Jeff Braun against nose guard Jorge Wright.
"Watching those guys compete is something that has to happen to have any chance at all of getting better,'' Holgorsen said. "Who wins and who loses isn't necessarily the point. It's not a competition. It's make yourself better, make your unit better, make your team better.''
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