Below is a recap of twenty-five spring games from this weekend. Click on the links to go to the original story source.
On the offensive side of the ball, sophomore quarterback Dominique Davis completed 20-of-40 passing attempts for 145 yards with one interception. Freshman quarterback Justin Tuggle completed 2-of-7 attempts for eight yards while junior quarterback Codi Boek went 2-for-10 for 14 yards. Tailback Jeff Smith rushed 16 times for 40 yards, including a long of 13. Montel Harris ran for 27 yards on 12 attempts and Josh Haden collected nine yards on three (first-half) attempts.
The offense finally got on the board with a 68-yard drive with the help of two completions to Ray Hutson and a strong running game from senior Chris Bullock. Bullock finished the game with 88 yards on 22 carries, while Hutson had four catches for 65 yards.
The BGSU run game, which finished the afternoon with 221 yards on 56 carries, continued to roll later in the first quarter, capped by a 25-yard run from Steven Dunlap. Dunlap finished the day with 106 yards on 15 carries.
Hutson, who played a role on the Falcons first scoring drive, was once again making a play in the passing game, hauling in a 38-yard pass from Andrew Beam late in the second quarter. Hutson, who seemed to catch every pass thrown his way, caught a fade pass from Aaron Pankratz late in the third quarter for his second touchdown of the afternoon. Pankratz would add a second touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, a 52-yard strike to Chris Scheidt.
It wasn’t his 90 yards rushing or his 6.0 yards per gain on the ground. It wasn’t his 23 yard run or his 38 yards receiving that got him fired up the most. It wasn’t even his 37 yard kickoff return. For Darrell Scott, it was his 48-yard punt that fired him up the most.
Scott finished the spring game with 15 rushes for 90 yards and three receptions for 38 yards. In the first half, he had 11 carries for 62 yards and all three receptions for an even 100 yards on offense. Scott also had a 37 yard kickoff return and threw a beautiful ball to Markques Simas for a touchdown, but the play was called back because of a penalty.
The Buffs finished the game with 50 carries for 310 yards. Scott led the team in rushing, but had strong performances from Demetrius Sumler eight carries for 73 yards, Lockridge 10 carries for 55 yards, Rodney Stewart eight carries for 52 yards and Hansen five carries for 32 yards.
The offense started out the scrimmage strong as all 27 points came in the first half (although the Buffs used a running clock in the second half and ran 21 fewer plays). The widely publicized quarterback battle continued through the scrimmage as Cody Hawkins and Tyler Hansen rotated possessions with the first and second team offenses; of the 27 points, 17 were scored by Hawkins led offenses and 10 were by Hansen led offenses. Hawkins finished the game 12-of-21 for 195 yards, two touchdowns and one sack; Hansen finished the game 4-of-10 for 66 yards, no touchdowns and four sacks.
Leading the scoring charge for the Dogs was running back Ryan Mathews, who scored a touchdown on a 6 yard screen pass play and then on a 5 yard run. He had three carries in the scrimmage for six yards and two receptions for 25 yards. Mathews was one of the nation’s top running backs early in the 2008 season, ranked in the Top 10 in rushing and scoring, before suffering an injury that limited his ability in the second half of the season.
All three quarterbacks showed big play capability in the scrimmage, each accounting for at least two touchdowns. Redshirt freshman Ebahn Feathers ran for two scores, including an electrifying 62 yard option run and another on a 6 yard run. In all, he rushed for 126 yards on 12 carries. He completed 2-of-5 passes for 40 yards, with a 19-yard completion to Chastin West and a 21-yard pass to Jamel Hamler.
Ryan Colburn threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to receiver Hamler and had a 58-yard completion to Darren Newborn. Colburn rushed the ball nine times for 59 yards, with a 32-yard run and a 15-yard touchdown run. He had a solid day through the air, completing 5-of-11 passes for 109 yards with one touchdown. Derek Carr threw three touchdowns in the scrimmage, including a 19-yard pass ot West on the final play of the scrimmage. In all, he threw for 144 yards, completing 11-of-13 passes.
Newborn had three catches and had 83 receiving yards to lead all receivers. West had three catches for 53 yards and Hamler finished with three receptions for 40 yards. Seyi Ajirotutu, last season’s top pass catcher, had three receptions for 33 yards. Receiver J.J. Stallworth had a 40-yard reception from Carr.
Jamal Rashaad led all running backs with 55 yards on five carries, while Lonyae Miller had two carries for 29 yards, all of those yards coming on one play. Redshirt freshman A.J. Ellis had 24 yards on six attempts, including a 3-yard touchdown run. Fellow freshman Michael Harris had seven carries for 22 yards.
Moniz led the Makai team, going 12-for-18 with 149 yards passing and a touchdown, while also scoring on a rushing touchdown. Taylor finished the day with five catches for 135 yards and a touchdown, while Dustin Blount had four catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Brent Rausch started a quarterback, going 8-for-12 with 143 yards and a touchdown.
Shane Austin led the Mauka team, going 13-for-24 with 183 yards and a touchdown, also scoring a rushing touchdown, while starter Greg Alexander was 10-for-15 with 152 yards and a touchdown. Inoke Funaki rushed for 21 yards and a touchdown on five carries while Billy Ray Stutzmann had three catches for 70 yards and a touchdown in his Warrior debut. Rodney Bradley added three catches for 69 yards and a touchdown while Corey Paclebar led all players with seven catches for 51 yards.
Nathan Enderle and Brian Reader put their receivers to the test against the secondary. Both were accurate – Enderle completed seven of 12 for 121 yards with an interception that came off a bobbled reception, and Reader was six-of-nine for 94 yards.
Lanky junior Eric Greenwood was the leading receiver with four for 37 yards, although senior Max Komar had the most yardage with 65 – largely the benefit of a 51-yard hookup with Enderle.
The Blue Team defeated the White Team 28-23 in a game that wasn’t that close but it was the early passing proficiency of Will Fidler and the out-of-nowhere arrival of walk-on wide receiver Nike Melillo that left the UK-estimated crowd of 20,200 buzzing.
White - A. Smith, 18-67; Conner, 10-33
Blue - Allen, 16-96; C. Williams, 7-56, TD; Cobb, 1-6
White - Hartline: 17-33, 208 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Blue - Fidler: 10-24, 110 yards, 2 TD, INT
White - Melillo, 4-43, 2 TD; A. Smith, 3-54
Blue - Cobb, 4-70, TD
The white team was stout from the start, scoring the first 23 points of the contest. Redshirt freshman Martin Ward led the way for the white, rushing for 110 yards on 22 carries.
Junior Jake Laudenslayer of the green team was the leading passer on the day, throwing for 78 yards. Brian Anderson was solid, passing for 74 yards on eight completions, including a touchdown.
Bryant Milligan was the top receiver, catching four balls for 57 yards. Tight end Cody Slate led the white team with 47 yards.
Red - Douglas (7-31), M. Green (6-27), Meggett (6-23)
White - A. Green (7-53), Bonato (5-24), Braxton (7-17)
Red - Turner (15-21-235 / 2 TDs)
White - Robinson (12-21-253 / 3 TDs / 1 INT)
Red - Cannon (5-99 / 2 TDs), Douglas (3-53)
White - McCree (4-163 / 3 TDs), Boykins (4-63), Lee-Odai (1-12), Smith (1-7)
Nichol completed 20-of-28 passes and made things happen while improvising on the run. He set up the White’s first touchdown by lofting the ball 50 yards to wideout Keshawn Martin, who added yards after catch for a 73-yard play.
Cousins was the picture of precision while completing 29-of-43 passes, and his completion percentage would have been higher if not for a handful of dropped passes.
The most disappointing aspect of Michigan State’s spring game, Dantonio said, were the combined 12 penalties for 127 yards, many of which demonstrated a “lack of discipline.” The running game also was unimpressive, but understandable considering the make-shift nature of the offensive lines. The Green rushed for 50 yards on 22 carries with Andre Anderson gaining a game-high 30 yards on nine carries. The White team rushed for just 23 yards on 18 carries.
Blair White led all receivers with 89 yards on six catches while Martin had 89 yards on three catches. Cousins and Nichol threw to 19 different receivers.
Adam Weber’s the starter when the 2009 season arrives—he’s earned that—but he will have to share. One plan offered from behind an end zone barrier on Saturday was Weber plays the first three series of a game, MarQueis Gray the next two, and the coaches go from there. That sounds reasonable, and also complicated for an opposing defense.
Gray has a quick motion. On an early drive, he threw with touch on a couple of screens, then fired a bullet to Brandon Green near the goal line. He showed the touch again in the second half by making a toss to Brodrick Smith on a fade for a 17-yard touchdown. And then Gray capped this coming-out display by hitting Smith on a sideline sprint for 59 yards and another touchdown.
Gray was 8-for-10 for 141 yards passing. He wasn’t able to show the running side of his game. The quarterbacks were protected from contact and were down when touched by a defender.
Question: How will new coordinator Jedd Fisch’s pro-style, multiset offense work?
Answer: As good as a rebuilt offensive line will let it.
And that, perhaps as much as at any position, is a work in progress. There were some highlights Saturday: Troy Stoudermire sprinting 54 yards on a roaring end-around for a touchdown. Running backs Kevin Whaley (12 carries, 63 yards, one TD) and DeLeon Eskridge (seven carries, 35 yards) also had their moments. But execution along the line was hit and miss. The Gophers have more size and more of a desire for a power game, but they need more work.
And then there was Gray. Fans had waited two years to see him. He showed them fluid speed, a rifle arm and 8-for-10 passing for 141 yards and two scores. He and Adam Weber combined to complete 17 of 22 passes.
On offense, a pair of sophomores stood out as tailback Me’co Brown rushed for 145 yards on 18 carries, and scored on a 55-yard touchdown run, and quarterback Chandler Harnish completed eight-of-12 passes for 58 yards and a 19-yard scoring pass to redshirt sophomore tight end Jack Marks.
“I felt Me’co got a lot better as the spring went on,” said NIU head coach Jerry Kill. “He got stronger, quicker and more comfortable. We’ll see if he can be our workhorse back. Me’co had a lot of his plate last year. If I could do it all over again, I would have redshirted him last season.
Chandler Harnish: 8-12, 58 yards, 1 touchdown, longest completion of 19 yards
Ron Walker: 3 receptions for 29 yards, longest reception of 17 yards
Nathan Palmer: 2 receptions for 19 yards, longest reception of 18 yards
Me’co Brown: 18 rushes for 145 yards, 1 touchdown, longest rush of 17 yards
Ricky Crider: 10 rushes for 34 yards, longest rush of 10 yards
NU’s three healthy running backs—Jeravin Matthews (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan), Alex Daniel (Roswell, Ga./Roswell) and Stephen Simmons (St. Louis, Mo./SLUH)—combined for 207 rushing yards and 4 TD’s to lead a solid offensive effort against Northwestern’s defense, which had been dominating the ‘Cats’ previous two Saturday scrimmages.
Matthews led all rushers with 90 yards (6.0 ypc) and one TD. Daniel, a redshirt freshman, had 70 yards (7.0 ypc) and a pair of TD’s, while Simmons finished with just seven carries for 47 yards (6.7 ypc) and 1 TD.
“After losing Tyrell and Omar, I’m really pleased with the way our running backs stepped up this spring,” said NU coach Pat Fitzgerald. “All three guys really made some good progress the past four weeks and I’m encouraged where we’re headed with that group this fall.”
Northwestern’s two quarterbacks, Mike Kafka (Chicago, Ill./St. Rita) and Dan Persa (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) also had a few opportunities to run the ball as well, with Kafka finishing with 18 yards, which included a 22-yard run, and Persa totaling 15 yards.
In the air, Kafka completed 12-of-21 passes for 134 yards and a TD—a 55-yard connection to senior Andrew Brewer (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks)—while Persa was 8-of-9 for 65 yards. The Wildcat offense did not suffer any turnovers in the game.
The Wildcats showed their depth on offense as 14 different players caught at least one pass. Sophomore Charles Brown (Chicago, Ill./Robeson) led the offense with three receptions (for 17 yards), while Brewer (55 yards) and redshirt freshman Martin Bayless (Fresno, Texas/Hightower) (33 yards) were the leaders in yardage.
There’s no need to wonder if Pryor can make the throws. The rising sophomore followed an impressive week of practice by putting several deep throws right on his receivers’ hands, including a 44-yard touchdown to Taurian Washington and a 42-yard TD to Ray Small.
Pryor finished 13-of-18 for 191 yards, two scores and no interceptions. “You saw today, and the world saw, that I can throw the ball,” he said.
Going into camp, I thought the incoming freshmen at running back—Jaamal Berry and Carlos Hyde—could play big roles in the fall helping out the run game. Both those players were at the spring game, as were most of the freshmen who will report in June and be ready for practice in August.
No offense to Berry and Hyde, but comparing them to current running backs Brandon Saine and Dan Herron, it’s obvious how different college bodies are from high school bodies. That’s always the case, but after watching Herron and Saine run this spring, I think they’ll be able to handle most of the rushing attack.
Saine carried six times for 55 yards, while Herron ran 10 times for 44 yards, and both can deliver a blow at the end of a run.
Daryll Clark participated in just two drives on the afternoon, finishing by completing 10 of his 13 pass attempts for 123 yards.
His starting tailback, redshirt junior tailback Evan Royster also saw limited action on the day, carrying the ball just three times for 21 yards.
True freshman Kevin Newsome finished the day completing 9 of his 13 passes for 71 yards, including a 9-yard TD pass to wideout Brett Brackett to open the scoring for the White squad with 6:44 left to play Backup kicker in the first half.
Only three minutes later, third-team quarterback Matt McGloin led the Blue squad down the field on an eight-play, 65-yard touchdown drive, capped by a pretty 19-yard TD pass to wideout Graham Zug, followed by a missed extra point.
SAN DIEGO STATE
Quarterbacks Ryan Lindley (Alpine, Calif.) and Drew Westling (Mission Viejo, Calif.) connected on three touchdowns apiece.
The final 15 possessions of the scrimmage started in the defense’s territory. The offense put points on the board in 10 of them with five TDs through the air, three on the ground and a pair of field goals. Lindley tossed scoring strikes to Roberto Wallace (Oceanside, Calif.) and two to redshirt freshman Dominique Sandifer (Gardena, Calif.), while junior running back Davon Brown (Torrance, Calif.) ran a pair in from six and two yards out.
All three SDSU quarterbacks threw for over 100 yards, as Westling led the way by completing 14 of his 20 pass attempts for 153 yards and three touchdowns. Senior Mekell Wesley (Chandler, Ariz.) was the leading receiver with six catches for 96 yards, including a 4-yard reception for a score.
The Aztec ground game wasn’t as productive, as the offense gained only 70 yards on 62 carries. Forty-two of those yards were gained by Brown on his 13 carries on the afternoon.
RUSHING TOTALS (carries-yards-touchdowns)
Davon Brown 13-42-2, Brandon Sullivan 15-20-0, Robert Gregorio 8-22-0
PASSING TOTALS (completions-attempts-interceptions yards touchdowns)
Drew Westling 14-20-0, 153, 3, Ryan Lindley 15-24-0, 139, 3. Kelsey Sokoloski 10-18-0, 107, 0
RECEIVING TOTALS (number-yards-touchdowns)
Mekell Wesley 6-96-1, Hunter Hewitt 5-21-0, Dominque Sandifer 4-37-2, Doug Deakin 4-33-2, Jon Toledo 3-49-0, Alston Umuolo 3-14-0, Roberto Wallace 2-33-1, Vincent Brown 2-25-0
SAN JOSE STATE
San Jose State University concluded its 2009 spring football practice with a 70-plus play situational scrimmage. With Kyle Reed, Jordan La Secla and Myles Eden at quarterback, the offense scored five touchdowns, four on pass plays and a 2-yard run by Lamon Muldrow. Collectively, the three signal callers were 21-of-38 without an interception.
Scrimmage Offensive Statistics
Rushing: Lamon Muldrow, 9-56-1 TD; Chris Reese, 7-31; Kyle Reed, 3-9;
Passing: Kyle Reed, 7-10-109 yards-1 TD; Jordan La Secla, 9-22-64 yards-1 TD
Receiving: Kevin Jurovich, 6-98-1 TD; Jordan Johnson, 3-68-1 TD; Jalal Beauchman, 3-27; Marquis Avery, 3-23-2 TDs
SMU quarterbacks Bo Levi Mitchell and Braden Smith led the offense and combined to go 19-of-27 for 170 yards, while Bradley Haynes led all receivers with 52 yards on three catches.
“We got better this spring and that was the goal,” said Head Coach June Jones. “We didn’t throw any interceptions today and if we don’t throw interceptions, we’re going to win a lot of games. All in all, I was pleased with the first team on both sides of the ball.”
Full stats are below:
Passing: Bo Levi Mitchell - 12-16-0-108
Rushing: Zach Line - 2-12 Bryce Lunday - 3-4 Chris Butler - 3-1
Receiving - Bradley Haynes - 3-52 Terrance Wilkerson - 3-45 Cole Loftin - 4-17 Emmanuel Sanders - 1-17 Aldrick Robinson - 1-2
QBs Joe Kemp, Kevin Moore and Ryan Griffin took a fairly equal number of snaps during the 40-play scrimmage and had fairly equal success. For the day, Kemp was four-of-seven for 81 yards, Moore five-of-six of 48 and Griffin eight-of-12 for 98.
Toledo has said he will announce a starter on Monday, but Kemp said he felt confident he had done enough to displace Moore, who started all 12 games last season.
With No. 1 running back Andre Anderson sitting out, the leading rusher was walk-on Kirk Bush (three carries, 25 yards) with J.T. McDonald having eight carries for 23 yards.
Offensive coordinator Norm Chow said he reached a point where he pulled quarterback Kevin Prince aside and asked him if he wanted to call it a night. Prince, who struggled in UCLA’s two previous scrimmages, had misfired on his first six passes and thrown an interception.
Prince threw a touchdown late in the scrimmage to receiver fullback Tobi Umodu. He finished 11 of 24 for 134 yards with a touchdown and interception. True freshman Richard Brehaut battled similar issues while completing 7-of-14 passes for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Senior Kevin Craft went 0 of 5. Running back Milton Knox, working with the second and third units, had a game-high 44 yards on eight carries.
Corp completed 14-of-23 passes for 157 yards, Mustain was 7-of-12 for 85 yards with an interception and Matt Barkley--who played for both teams--was a combined 12-of-20 for 124 yards with a pair of picks.
Cameron caught 4 passes for 38 yards. Wide receiver Travon Patterson had 7 receptions for 57 yards and wide receiver Brice Butler added 5 catches for 50 yards. Four Trojans had 3 receptions each: Ellison (64 yards) and wide receivers Damian Williams (38 yards), Ronald Johnson (35 yards) and Brandon Carswell (29 yards).
Tailback C.J. Gable was the leading rusher, getting 53 yards on 5 carries, including a 45-yard gain. Tyler added 44 yards on 7 carries.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Tim Curry directed the UTEP offense on two scoring drives in the Miners’ Saturday morning scrimmage in the Sun Bowl. Curry threw a 25-yard pass to Donavon Kemp for a score, and added a 77-yard pass to Kris Adams for a touchdown - the long play of the day for the Miner offense, which compiled 393 yards in the approximately 80-play scrimmage.
http://usctrojans.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/042509aaa.htmlUTEP quarterbacks Trevor Vittatoe, Kyle Wright, Corey Trisby and Curry combined to complete 23-of-40 passes for 292 yards. Curry was 6-for-8 for 132 yards with two TDs and an interception, Trisby was 8-for-12 for 79 yards, Vittatoe was 8-for-15 for 76 yards with an interception and Wright was 1-for-5 for 5 yards.
With Vernon Frazier sitting out with a minor injury, Daniel Palmer and Jason Williams carried the load for the Miners from a rushing standpoint. Palmer had 13 carries for 66 yards and Williams added 44 yards on 10 attempts.
Besides Adams reeling in one catch for 77 yards, UTEP also received big numbers from receivers Darius Austin (four receptions for 56 yards) and Jeff Moturi (five catches for 50 yards).
Antoine Hopkins’ return of a fumble for a touchdown turned out to be the winning score and the Maroon defense stopped quarterback Tyrod Taylor inside the 5 on the final play of the game to secure a 13-7 victory over the White squad in a thrilling Maroon-White spring game played Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium.
The rising junior completed 16-of-33 for 188 yards, with a touchdown. At halftime, Taylor was presented with the President’s Award given to the players who demonstrate the most outstanding leadership during the offseason program and spring workouts and he also earned the George Preas Award presented to the MVP of spring practice.
The Maroon team’s other score came early in the game when tailback Ryan Williams gave a glimpse of his immense potential, taking a screen pass from Ju-Ju Clayton 56 yards for a touchdown. The redshirt freshman led everyone with 85 yards rushing on 10 carries, including one run of 36 yards. He caught two passes for 66 yards as well.
Jake Locker was 16-18 for an even 200 yards with two TDs while also running for one. Both of the incompletions could have been caught. One was a flat-out drop by Jermaine Kearse, who had a good day otherwise with a team-high 70 yards on five catches and a TD. The other was a kind-of high pass that Chris Polk just couldn’t quite control.
Polk was the leading rusher with 95 yards on 12 carries and the Purple rushed for 165 yards on 26 carries overall, a 6-3 average.
Polk, Chris 12-95-1
Locker, Jake 6-(-1)-1
Cmp-Att-Int Yds TD Long Sack
Locker, Jake 16-18-0 200 2 29 4
No. Yds TD Lg
Kearse, J. 5 70 1 20
Izbicki, Chris 3 28 0 15
Senior quarterback Karsten Sween completed 16 of 34 passes for 154 yards, one touchdown pass and one interception as the Brown Team defeated the Gold Team 20-3 in the Spring Game on Saturday in War Memorial Stadium.
Sween’s performance probably secured his No. 1 position at quarterback, pending release of Wyoming’s depth chart on Monday.
“We’ll set the depth (chart) on Monday,” said Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen. “I would say it’s a pretty fair assessment that he will be the No. 1 guy when we start fall camp. But we will bring in two more quarterbacks in the fall, and we have three in our program right now. We’re going to let them compete in the fall just like we are at every position in our program. Everybody has to earn their starting spot.
The Gold team had its best drive of the day on its next possession, driving the ball all the way down to the Brown 31. That drive was highlighted by a 29-yard run by sophomore running back James Davis, who led all rushers with 60 yards on 11 carries.
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Todd DeVries writes for CollegeFootballGeek.com, your resource for college fantasy football analysis.