“But (today) it is a scrimmage, and the main thing is not to get anybody hurt.
“We want to do enough to make sure we are progressing toward the Graham game plan.”
According to Lawrence, there are still position battles ongoing. But the coach also wants to use the scrimmage to decide the depth chart. The coaches will probably have to rotate players in and out on both sides of the ball in order to keep certain players fresh during the regular season.
“We want to go longer for more plays and for more simulations of game conditions, and we also want them to get used to playing longer,” Lawrence said. “We also want to get more kids in there and get more snaps for everyone.
“We still have some position battles and we have battles on the depth chart as well.
“But we really need to find out who we can use in rotations so we don’t have to have anyone playing both ways once we start the season next week.”
Lawrence said the main goal of the scrimmage is to stay healthy.
“We are constantly evaluating and re-evaluating personnel for our different rotations, especially on the line,” he said. “But the main thing about the scrimmage is to come out of it completely healthy.
“As thin as we are, injuries will be critical this year. If we can, we would like to find 22 different players playing 22 positions.
“If we can’t, that’s where the rotations come in. We have staff meetings every week where we set up rotations with different players before the scrimmage so when that time comes everyone knows where they have to be.
“Again, we still have some position battles on going, but this scrimmage will also be big on finding out who can play where in rotations.”