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August 2, 2014 - Mike McLain
AKRON -- Quarterback Johnny Manziel didn't gain any ground on Brian Hoyer during Saturday's Family Day scrimmage at InfoCision Stadium, nor did he lose any ground.
Neither quarterback was able to produce a touchdown in eight combined possessions -- four by each player. Hoyer had three chances on drives that began on the offense's 30-yard line and one red-zone possession (from the defense's 25). Manziel had two of each.
Hoyer was sharp on the first possession of the scrimmage. The drive reached the defense's 37, but the offense moved back to the 43 and stalled.
Manziel was three-and-out on the second team's first possession. The next possession by the unit produced a 16-play march that reached the defense's 1, from where a pass to Taylor Gabriel resulted in a loss of 6 yards.
Manziel threw a perfect pass to tight end Gary Barnidge in the back corner of the end zone on the drive, but Barnidge was ruled to be out of bounds. Manziel threw a strike to Charles Johnson on a slant route on the next play, but Johnson dropped the ball at the goal line.
Manziel admittedly got off to a shaky start. He was pleased with some of his work on other possessions.
Coach Mike Pettine said that Manziel didn't close the gap on Hoyer. Manziel isn't worried about that at this point of camp.
"There's no gap I'm looking at right now," Manziel said. "It's know the playbook; know everything. There are still so many little things here and there that can change a play, and that's stuff I wasn't used to. Now I'm seeing, adjusting and learning."
Manziel brought an asset to the plate that Hoyer doesn't possess -- speed. He scrambled for 5 yards on his first possession. He later had two runs of 9 yards each on read-option calls.
Hoyer was 7-of-11 for 56 yards. Manziel was 3-of-7 for 14 yards.
DEFENSIVE DAY: The defense scored twice off quarterback Connor Shaw. Linebacker Zac Diles tipped and then intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown. Shortly thereafter, linebacker Craig Robertson intercepted a tipped pass. He fumbled, but defensive lineman Jacobbi McDaniel scooped up the ball and ran it in for a touchdown.
Linebacker Barkevious Mingo picked off a Hoyer pass that was tipped by McDaniel. Running like a running back, Mingo ran about 50 yards before being tackled by offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz.
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