College Football Spring Game Quick Hitters: Apr. 19

Todd at CollegeFootballGeek.comCorrespondent IApril 20, 2009

News is pouring in from a big weekend chock full of spring game results.

Below is a rundown of spring games that took place across the country this past weekend.

Greg McElroy completed 16 of 30 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns.  McElroy’s completions included a 52-yard touchdown toss to a wide open Julio Jones over the middle in the first quarter and a 10-yard scoring pass to Mike McCoy in the second.  Alabama played the spring game without two of its most experienced running backs out with injuries—Mark Ingram (hamstring) and Roy Upchurch (neck). One-time starter Terry Grant rushed 10 times for 27 yards and collectively the crimson and white squads ran for less than 100 yards.

Arizona State
Sophomore tailback Ryan Bass had a 35-yard scoring run to highlight Arizona State’s annual spring game Saturday.  Bass led all rushers with 61 yards on 12 carries and had the only touchdown of the game in the third quarter of a defensive battle.

QB Tyler Wilson went 23 of 36 for 301 yards, two TDs, and an INT.  Wilson and Ryan Mallett have been competing for the No. 1 quarterback spot during spring practice, which ended with Saturday’s scrimmage.  Mallett, who played for the Red team, went 15 of 26 for 233 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

RB De’Anthony Curtus rushed for 103 yards and two long TDs on 10 carries.  Michael Smith, a 1,000-yard rusher last season, is recovering from a hamstring injury and didn’t play.

Receivers Joe Adams, Jarius Wright, and London Crawford caught a combined 20 balls for 328 yards and two TDs.  Childs caught four passes for 86 yards and two scores.

Arkansas State
Arkansas State quarterback Corey Leonard threw for 91 yards and a touchdown in the Red Wolves spring game.  Jermaine Robertson led the Red Wolves with 53 yards rushing off of 15 carries, while Jonathan White caught three passes for 56 yards and a touchdown.

The Tigers offense produced 70-yard runs by newcomer Onterio McCalebb and receiver Terrell Zachery—on an end-around. Ben Tate only had four carries, but they produced 72 yards and touchdowns of 46 and nine yards on his first two series. Darvin Adams had a 45-yard catch and Mario Fannin a 41-yarder.  Caudle completed 11 of 16 passes, including a four-yard touchdown to Fannin and a 34-yarder to Adams. Burns was three of eight for 45 yards, and neither threw an interception.  Adams gained 103 yards on four catches while Fannin had four receptions for 71 yards and also had a couple of carries in limited time in the backfield.

QB Mansioin was nine for 11 for 94 yards and a touchdown with one interception. Riley was seven for 12 for 74 yards. Tucker, Ross and Nyan Boateng are the top returners, but Marvin Jones and Lagemann were the two best receivers in the spring.  ”The Jahvid Best-less running back corps rushed for just 62 yards on 25 carries.  Speaking of Best, he is now running and said he expects to be 100 percent by the time summer workouts begin.

With fellow running backs Jacob Ramsey recovering from offseason surgery and John Goebel having been injured early in spring practice, Pead, a 5'11", 195-pound sophomore running back, is getting a long look from the UC coaching staff.  He has big play ability.  Ramsey and Goebel are both big backs who excel in short yardage situations.  Pead could be that homerun hitter whose goalline carries are vultured by the other two.

Jordan Todman started the game in the backfield and rushed for a team-high 65 yards on nine carries, while Andre Dixon rushed for 42 yards on nine attempts.  Zach Frazer and Cody Endres continued to battle it out at QB, but neither distinguished themselves as a clear-cut starter.

QB Thaddeus Lewis hit on 17 of 23 passes for 257 yards while rushing for a pair of one-yard touchdowns. His favorite target was wide receiver Donovan Varner who had six grabs for 116 yards.

East Carolina
Brandon Jackson, a sophomore transfer from Kentucky, had a solid rushing day to cap what was one of the best overall performances by any player during the spring drills.

“Brandon Jackson has shown he’s capable of being an every-down player in this offense," Coach Skip Holtz said. “We can only work with the guys who are out here and the guys we know are going to be here. ... Right now, I think (Jackson) has definitely solidified himself as a guy that’s going to be competing for the starting job.”

Pinkney, who was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, had a strong day, completing 19 of 26 passes for 229 yards for the ECU team.

Sophomore John Brantley threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for two scores.  Tebow only played the first half and was seven of nine passing for 81 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. He also ran three times for 21 yards.  WR Frankie Hammond delivered on two long pass receptions, a 47-yarder and a 50-yarder, both from Brantley.  The first team Gator defense did not play in this game.

Florida Atlantic
RB Alfred Morris had another strong scrimmage (18 carries, 131 yards, one TD).  He’s been the most pleasant surprise of the spring.  Avionne Rolle also had a nice outing (10 carries, 50 yards, one TD).

Fresno State
Saturday was a scrimmage where quarterbacks Ryan Colburn, Derek Carr and Ebahn Feathers were put into live situations.  All three quarterbacks showed their ability to run the football as Feathers ended the scrimmage by scoring on a 25-yard touchdown run up the middle. Colburn broke loose for a 17-yard run and Carr had a 12-yard run.

Running back Michael Harris broke loose for two big plays as he scored two touchdowns, one being a 33-yard run and the other was a 62-yard touchdown reception from Colburn.

Georgia Tech
With QB Josh Nesbitt sidelined with a minor injury, Tevin Washington and Jaybo Shaw stole the show in the spring game.  Washington ran for 43 yards and two TDs.  He completed seven of 10 passes for another score.  Jaybo Shaw scored three TDs and accounted for 263 total yards (25 rushes for 65 yards.  Anthony Allen rushed for a game high 69 yards.

The Cougars cleared the field 10 minutes after the start the Red-White spring football game Saturday when lightning flashed within sight of Robertson Stadium. Keenum was 4 four 5 on Saturday, with 26 of those yards coming on a third-down completion to Demetrius Woods.

Darius Willis ran for 80 yards on 13 carries and scored a touchdown to help lead the Crimson to a 28-27 victory at Memorial Stadium. Three others—seniors Bryan Payton and Demetrius McCray and junior Trea Burgess—also had strong spring games.

Burgess had 92 yards on 10 carries and scored on runs of 30 and 35 yards in the fourth quarter for the Cream squad. Payton, also on the Cream team, had 46 yards rushing on 12 carries and caught a pass in the right flat and raced down the sideline 46 yards for a touchdown.  McCray, another player who was a game-time decision because of a foot injury, led the Crimson with 84 yards on 10 carries and a first quarter TD. His long run was 41 yards.

Junior quarterback Ben Chappell was 14 of 22 for 205 yards and two touchdowns for the Cream.

Iowa State
QB Austen Arnaud finished 22-of-35 for 250 yards and a late touchdown. Tiller, playing against the second-team defense, was 14-of-24 for 210 yards, with one interception and two touchdowns.  Highly touted Florida transfer Bo Williams led the running backs with 68 yards. Alexander Robinson, the projected starter, ran for 50 yards on 14 carries.

Wide receiver Sedrick Johnson caught nine passes for 100 yards to lead the wideouts, and Grant Mahoney booted field goals of 20, 22, and 38 yards. But Rhoads wasn’t looking for big statistics out of the spring game.

“Stats from the spring game. I can take those down to the spare bathroom in the house and put them to use down there,” Rhoads said.

Quarterback Mike Hartline threw for 96 yards and Alfonso Smith ran for 90 yards and a touchdown.  Randall Cobb, mixing playing time at both receiver and quarterback in his first scrimmage of the spring, caught four passes for 40 yards and scrambled for several more yards after taking the snap in the “Wildcat” formation.

Justin Burke and Adam Froman continued their QB battle.  Burke was six of 10 for 69 yards, while Froman was three for six for 58 yards.  Star RB Victor Anderson scored two touchdowns.

Jordan Jefferson was eight of 10 passing for 97 yards in LSU’s spring game Saturday, leading the white team to a 27-0 thumping of the purple squad, which was made up primarily of second-team players.  Scott finished with 70 yards and two TDs on 11 carries, picking up where he left off last season, when he was LSU’s leading rusher.

Maryland running back Da’Rel Scott will likely miss the rest of the spring after a violent collision with defensive back Nolan Carroll during a scrimmage at Byrd Stadium. Carroll went low to tackle Scott, and his helmet collided with Scott’s knee. Scott has what doctors believe is a strained anterior cruciate ligament. Carroll was down on the field for about 10 minutes. He was immobilized by the training staff and taken to the hospital. Carroll had X-rays and the results were negative. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Miami (OH)
QB Raudabaugh, a senior, completed 11 of 14 passes, including a 20-yard touchdown pass to Chris Givens. Raudabaugh wound up the day with 145 passing yards. Dysert, a freshman, split time between the Red and White squads, completing 11 of 15 passes for 129 yards.

Givens, who will be a junior this coming fall, hauled in nine passes for 110 yards, including receptions of 31 and 20 yards.

The game’s top rusher was freshman Danny Green who carried the football 20 times for 58 net yards. One of his runs was a five-yard touchdown.

Running back DeLeon Eskridge returned to full action today, but Kevin Whaley continues to look good in spring practices. It appears he has taken full advantage of his opportunities this spring.

MarQueis Gray continues to look good. Brewster, who has said Gray will play some this year, said today that the team will have a package of plays for Gray for every game this fall.

Snead directed six consecutive touchdown drives and threw for 254 yard. Snead finished 11 of 15 with touchdown strikes of 12, 20, and 70 yards to Shay Hodge, Dexter McCluster, and Markeith Summers, respectively.

Mississippi State
Quarterback Tyson Lee was 19 of 33 for 251 yards. Junior Leon Berry led the receiving core with eight catches for 125 yards.  Anthony Dixon led all rushers with 59 yards on 11 rushes and one touchdown, and freshman receiver O’Neal Wilder had four receptions for 122 yards.

Quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert ended the spring as the No. 1 QB, but he was unable to find the endzone in the spring game.  The Mizzou defense dominated the day, as the ‘O’ was only able to muster one TD and one FG.

NC State
QB Mike Glennon was 23 of 38 for 272 yards and one touchdown, and competed for both teams. Russell Wilson, who had to leave early for a baseball game, completed 10 of 14 passes for 195 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown pass to Owen Spencer.

Zac Lee completed 15 of 18 passes for 214 yards, throwing TD passes of 21 yards to Marcus Mendoza, 24 yards to Ben Cotton and 40 yards to Wes Cammack.  Brooks caught five balls for 48 yards for the Reds and Cotton four for 48 for the Whites.  Latravis Washington hit on 13 of 21 for 190 yards, throwing TD passes of four yards to Chris Brooks and 71 yards to Kyler Reed.

New Mexico
Donovan Porterie threw for 125 yards and three TDs.

SCRIMMAGE STATS (April 18, 2009)

RUSHING—Daniel 13-52, Simmons 14-31, Persa 4-0, Kafka 4-(3)
PASSING—Persa 14-24-156 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT; Kafka 13-17-121 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
RECEIVING—Brewer 4-50, Frymire 3-23, Woodsum 2-19, B. Mitchell 2-19, 2 TDs, Markshausen 2-18, 1 TD

Notre Dame
JimmyClausen was eight of 17 passing for 70 yards.  Golden Tate and Michael Floyd were both held to one reception.  Armando Allen, who rushed for 70 yards on 12 carries, was the offensive MVP. Robert Hughes ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, and Jonas Gray ran for 89 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

Ohio State
Brandon Saine ran like Beanie Wells, gaining good yards after initial contact. He rushed for about 80 yards on 15 carries while sharing first-team reps with Dan Herron. Coaches said Saine was the talk of the offense.

By an unofficial count, Pryor was eight of 13 for 74 yards and one interception.  He is throwing better when he’s on the move.

Oklahoma State
Tailback Keith Toston ran for one touchdown and threw for another with a 42-yard pass to tight end Justin Horton on a trick play.  Zac Robinson went four for eight for 92 yards as his Orange team beat the White team 20-15.  Keenan Hunter and Dez Bryant did not play in the game.

Oregon State
WR Darrell Catchings was the star of the Beavers first scrimmage, catching six passes for a whopping 251 yards and two TDs.  First string QB Sean Canfield threw for 278 and four scores.

Ralph Bolden wasn’t in the conversation for Purdue’s No. 1 spot at running back, but he is now.  The sophomore enjoyed an impressive spring, including a strong showing in Saturday’s annual Black and Gold game. Bolden rushed 26 times for 153 yards and scored two touchdowns.

Elliott completed 20 of 33 passes for 193 yards and one touchdown, a six-yarder to Keith Smith. No. 2 quarterback Caleb TerBush was 16 of 34 for 185 yards. Elliott and TerBush each had an interception, two of four turnovers for the offense.

Smith led the receivers with eight receptions for 99 yards.

Rutgers quarterback Domenic Natale capped spring camp with a strong outing in the team’s annual Scarlet-White game on Saturday, completing 11 of 19 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown.  Joe Martinek rushed for 79 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries. Senior Tim Brown had five catches for 116 yards.

Southern Miss
Austin Davis went 28 of 38 for 246 yards in the spring game.

Tailback Delone Carter rushed 14 times for 53 yards and two touchdowns.  Starting quarterback Ryan Nassib completed 17 of 25 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked five times.  Sophomore receiver Marcus Sales had 10 catches for 100 yards. He also had a couple of drops.  Mike Williams had a great leaping touchdown grab.

B.J. Coleman finished 13 for 22 for 160 yards.  Hancock led the team with 96 yards receiving on eight catches.  Crompton finished 14 for 27 for 143 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Austin Rogers.  Tauren Poole rushed 18 times for 83 yards, and Toney Williams gained 79 yards on 13 carries.

Texas A&M
QB Jerrod Johnson completed 14 of 29 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Jeff Fuller produced several big plays, snagging nine receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown.  The Aggies offense committed five first half turnovers.

Texas Tech
Taylor Potts passed for 211 yards, including a six-yard touchdown to Tramain Swindall.  Steven Sheffield threw a four-yard scoring toss to Detron Lewis.  After the game, coach Mike Leach said Sheffield was No. 2 behind Potts.  Austin Zouziak had five receptions for 67 yards and Edward Britton had five for 43 yards.

Redshirt freshman running back Harrison Jeffers showed flashes of his potential. The 5'9", 210-pounder rushed eight times for 21 yards and also caught seven passes for 45 yards.

Backup quarterback Steven Sheffield, a sophomore for Pflugerville, was 11 of 18 for 99 yards, one interception and had a four-yard touchdown pass to Detron Lewis. Baron Batch rushed nine times for 38 yards and a TD.

The Tulsa QB job might not be Jacob Bower’s, after all.  “Oh no, we’ll go into preseason practice,” said Graham. “All three will continue to compete for the job.”

Kinne threw for a scrimmage—high 219 yards (15- of-35 passing). He had two touchdown passes and a pair of interceptions. Bower (11 of 20) had 77 passing yards with a touchdown and an interception. Beaver was seven of 16 for 132 yards passing, and added 78 rushing yards, including a dazzling 66-yard TD run.

Damaris Johnson caught TD strikes of 70 and 35 yards from Kinne.

RB Jamad Williams led the team with 107 rushing yards.

Barkley hit 71.4 percent of his passes (15 of 21) for 186 yards, including a 14-yard score to Cameron, but he also had a short toss picked off by defensive end Malik Jackson, who returned it 42 yards for a TD. Corp was good on 72.2 percent of his aerials (13 of 18) but did not throw a touchdown. Fellow quarterback Mitch Mustain was three of six for 33 yards.

McNeal rushed for 62 yards on 10 carries, including a five-yard score, while Johnson had a four-yard scoring run among his five carries for 14 yards. Tailback Marc Tyler ran for 49 yards on nine tries.

Wide receiver Damian Williams caught four passes for 129 yards, including consecutive receptions of 32 and 46 yards from Corp.

Utah’s QB race continued as all three prospects played well in the spring game.  Corbin Louks was 22-33 for 322 yards and three scores.  Terrance Cain was 13 for 18 for 113 yards.  Jordan Wynn was eight-13 for 158 yards and a TD.

Freshman Sausan Shakerin was the game’s leading rusher, carrying eight times for 49 yards. 

Senior receiver Aiona Key caught nine passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

In the second portion of the scrimmage, UTEP’s offense came alive to produce two TDs and a FG. Trevor Vittatoe led the way by connecting on seven of 10 for 81 yards and a TD.

RB Vernon Frazier dazzled the fans with a 29-yard run in the opening minutes on the way to pacing his unit with 59 yards on eight carries.

WR Darrin Moore secured eight catches for 56 yards—both team highs, with Jeff Moturi (3-44) and Darius Austin (3-42) chipping in.  Kris Adams (3-20) pulled in a two-yard TD grab on a fade form Vittatoe in the corner.

QB Marc Verica was 14 of 19 for 148 yards and threw game’s only TD pass.  Mikell Simpson scored the game’s only other TD on a 48 yard jaunt, and finished with 64 yards on five carries.

Virginia Tech
Taylor completed six of 14 on the afternoon (but six of 10 combined in the two 10-minute quarters) for 54 yards, with one touchdown. He threw a 10-yard touchdown strike to Greg Boone (3-30-1) against the Hokies’ first-team defense. Tech’s quarterbacks did not throw an interception on the day.
Rushing leaders: Davis – 6 carries, 85 yards, 1 TD; Williams – 7 carries, 45 yards

Wake Forest
Skinner said Saturday after completing 15 of 23 passes for 272 yards in the Demon Deacons.  Kevin Harris also had a rushing TD for the first-team offense. Williams caught four passes for 70 yards.

Givens had a 65-yard TD run and caught three passes for 39 yards. Davis added three catches for 28 yards.

West Virginia
Completing his first 15 passes and 21 of 28 before retiring for the afternoon, Brown threw for 273 yards and four touchdowns in West Virginia’s spring-ending scrimmage Saturday at Mountaineer Field.

And it wasn’t just Brown who was impressive. Wes Lyons, who has been perhaps the biggest surprise of the spring, capped off the four weeks of drills with exactly the type of performance his practice has hinted at—six catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

Another reason Brown threw the ball so much—25 of 34 plays in the first half—was because tailback Noel Devine got in and got out quickly, for no other reason than it took him no time at all to prove himself. The junior tailback carried for 10 yards on his first play, broke off a 74-yard touchdown run on his third and that was that. Why play any longer?

The Badgers completed their spring game with Zach Brown rushing for 110 yards, John Clay chipping in 62 more.  At the QB position, Sherer went six of nine for 101 yards, one touchdown and one interception while Phillips was 10 of 16 for 122 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

On the receiving end, Toon led all players with four catches for 62 yards.

Out of the loop?  Catch up on all the spring news below:

Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 04/19 (A-I)
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 04/19 (K-O)
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 04/19 (P-Z)
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 04/17
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 04/13 (A thru K)
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 04/13 (L thru P)
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 04/13 (Q thru Z)
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 04/06 (A thru E)
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 04/06 (F thru N)
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 04/06 (O thru S)
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 04/06 (T thru Z)
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 04/03
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 03/31
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 03/28
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 03/20
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 03/13

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