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First Team Shines in Scrimmage to End Preseason Camp

August 16, 2003 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee football team capped off preseason camp with a 43-play scrimmage and a six-play goal line situation drill this morning at the Blue Raider practice complex. The scrimmage was set up so that the No. 1 offense went against the No. 2 defense and the No. 2 offense squared off against the No. 1 defense.

 

"I am really pleased with the way our No. 1s played today," head coach Andy McCollum said. "The offense looked good early, scoring on its first two possessions, then the defense turned up their physicality and played much better. My concern is for our twos because we need to be working on our depth and I don't think they are where they need to be at this point. I will go back and look at film and see where we are."

 

The first team offense scored three times on two passes and a run, while the No. 1 defense did not allow a point the entire morning.

 

The No. 1 offense got on the board early with a three-play drive to start the scrimmage that resulted in a 47-yard touchdown pass from Andrico Hines to running back Kevin Davis. The redshirt freshman ball carrier from Pine Mountain, GA, ran one in from 19 yards out on the very next series.

 

"I just caught the ball, saw some open space and took off," Davis said. "The line did a great job and I got a good block in front of me to help me get free."

 

The final score came on a nine-yard strike from backup signal-caller Clint Marks to fullback Nick McAfee.

 

On the day, Davis finished with five carries for 54 yards, while Eugene Gross registered 54 yards on four carries. True Freshman Terry Jackson had four attempts for 24 yards.

 

Hines completed 5 of 8 passes for 66 yards and a touchdown, while Marks went 4-for-6 for 24 yards and a score. Josh Harris went 1-for-2 in the passing department.

 

Redshirt freshman Pierre Ingram led the receiving corps with four receptions for 17 yards. Ryan Edmiston, Davis, McAfee, Jerrin Holt, Chris Henry, and Kerry Wright all collected one pass.

 

"We have to do the little things right," Hines said. "We made some mistakes today, but I thought our execution was pretty good."

 

The standout on defense was sophomore linebacker Jonathan Bonner. The Birmingham, AL, product had five tackles, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, and collected a sack.

 

"Bonner had a great srimmage today, but he has enjoyed a good camp," McCollum said. "Jonathan is a quiet guy, but he talks a lot on the field with that silver hat he wears."

 

Other highlights included sacks by Demetrios Walker, Devarick Scandrett, Joey Montalbano, and Marcel Horne, while newcomer Danny Tolbert reeled in an interception. Hines' pass went through the hands of intended receiver Pierre Ingram at the line of scrimmage and Tolbert dove and hauled in the interception.

 

At the conclusion of the scrimmage, the team went six plays on the goal line with the offense scoring twice and the defense keeping them out of the end zone on four occasions. On the very first play, Harris faked a handoff, rolled right and hit McAfee in the corner of the end zone. The offense later scored when Jackson was hit at the two-yard line, fumbled, then recovered the ball in the back of the end zone.

 

The Blue Raiders will now practice once each day in the afternoon in preparation for the season opener on Aug. 28 against Florida Atlantic. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM.

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