The Spring game featured two sides of the coin as we've witnessed earlier this year. The defense dominated for a majority of the first half. Eventually the offense was able to get on track and narrow the deficit to 47-46 at halftime. After that the offense was able to put the pedal to the metal and ease to a 92-60 victory.
This result was enough to give hope for the future and show that improvement has been made. Still there are still concerns as not every problem has been magically cured over the past month. And that is what you want to have from a Spring football season. Some optimism to help keep you looking forward to August when Fall camp begins. Certainly you need to the keep the expectations reasonable as there is plenty of room for improvement in several areas. After coming off a 4-8 season you certainly can't expect a 12-0 season to magically appear.
Let's get down to the nitty gritty of some of the best performances.
Brett Smith - 9/13 for 168 yards and three touchdowns
Jason Thompson - 13/17 for 155 yards and two touchdowns
Tedder Easton ran for 20 yards and scored the only rushing touchdown. Jason Thompson led the team with 64 rushing yards.
The top three running backs combine for 14 carries and 26 yards. Not a stellar showing for the ground game.
Jalen Claiborne had five catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Robert Herron caught four passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
Justin Berger caught one 41 yard pass for a touchdown.
Eric Nzeocha had two catches for 26 yards and a score.
The defense was led by two players who have stepped up in every scrimmage: Marqueston Huff and Lucas Wacha. Huff moved back to cornerback with Blair Burns sitting out due to injury. He certainly responded with six tackles and a 54 yard pick six. Lucas Wacha reinforced his strong showing this year has not been a fluke. The tackling machine once again led the team with eight tackles and even added an interception.
There is also some video that will be posting up later this week courtesy of reader George Roberts. He took some nice footage of the scrimmage and was able to share it with me.