Cal Poly Conducts 70-Play Football Scrimmage Sunday Afternoon

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- After a pair of rainouts, the Cal Poly football team finally returned to the practice field Saturday and Sunday to continue the 2012 Spring Camp and conducted a 70-play scrimmage Sunday afternoon on the upper field of the Cal Poly Sports Complex.

Fourth-year Mustang head coach Tim Walsh was pleased with the play of a pair of redshirt freshman offensive linemen and two defensive backs at the scrimmage and also said the three kicking game candidates continue to wage a spirited battle.

"Offensively, we were very efficient and very productive," said Walsh. "I was really impressed with Kyle Zottneck and Stephen Sippel on the offensive line and I thought we threw the ball well and, for the most part, we were efficient running with it.

"Defensively, we were very limited in what we did, which probably made it a little easier on offense," Walsh added, "but I saw some really good things from safety Alex Hubbard and redshirt freshman Chris Fletcher at cornerback."

Hubbard, a transfer from College of San Mateo, is one of four transfers participating in spring drills. The others are all defensive linemen -- Jake Irwin of Wisconsin, Brett Wangara of College of San Mateo and Omar Olimabu of Laney College.

Wide receiver Art Gonzalez is a walk-on transfer from Santa Barbara City College.

Sophomore Paul Hundley, Cal Poly's punter last fall, has added kickoffs and placement kicks to his list of practice assignments in spring camp. He is being challenged by a pair of walk-ons -- Marco Tavecchio of Campolindo High School in Moraga, Calif., and Stephen Pyle of Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas.

Both are redshirt freshmen and Pyle was a member of Cal Poly's men's soccer team last fall.

"The kicking game continues to come along and it's a very tight battle," said Walsh. "Marco is in the lead for field goals and PATs but has been challenged by Pyle this week, so it's still kind of up in the air.

"Hundley will do all three kicking duties this week after doing just kickoffs and punting the last couple weeks," Walsh added.

Kristaan Ivory ran 25 yards and caught a 10-yard pass from Andre Broadous early in the scrimmage. Broadous ran three yards for a touchdown while Vince Moraga connected on a pair of 20-yard pass plays and also scrambled 10 yards for a first down.

Kenny Johnston converted a pair of sideline passes for over 20 yards while Chris Brown  completed five passes of 10 or more yards, including a 20-yarder for a touchdown.

Cal Poly has completed six of 15 practice sessions. Four more practices will be held each of the next two weeks and the 2012 Spring Camp likely will conclude with a makeup practice session on Monday, April 30.

Another scrimmage is planned for this Saturday on the "I" Field, located behind Mott Gym and adjacent to the Mustang tennis courts and Cal Poly's track and field facility. Practice begins at 3 p.m. and the scrimmage should get under way at about 4:30 p.m. A coaches clinic also is scheduled for Saturday.

The 2012 Spring Game presented by Meathead Movers is slated for Saturday, April 28, at 1 p.m. in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.