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Blue Raiders hold second scrimmage

Craddock shines passing and running

April 5, 2007 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee went through an 80-play scrimmage at Floyd Stadium today in cool conditions before taking the weekend off for Easter.

"I thought we made improvements on both sides of the ball today," said head coach Rick Stockstill. "I did not like the way the defense started and I liked how the offense played early in the scrimmage. However, the roles reversed toward the end of the scrimmage."

Quarterback Joe Craddock led a much improved offense from the first scrimmage last Saturday by running for a 28-yard touchdown and throwing a 25-yard strike for another score. Craddock finished the afternoon 8-for-17 through the air for 115 yards while adding 67 yards on the ground.

"I thought Joe played pretty well today," said Stockstill. "He did some nice things with his feet, made good decisions, and did a solid job managing the offense."

Craddock's favorite target was Bobby Williams who caught three passes for 53 yards while Taron Henry and Jonathan Grigsby both added two receptions. Henry reeled in Craddock's 25-yard touchdown pass.

"We only had about two drops and they came early in the scrimmage," added Stockstill. "I was pleased with the way we caught the ball."

On the ground, Albert Webb collected 29 yards on 15 carries and senior DeMarco McNair added 17 yards on just three attempts. Sophomore Phillip Tanner rushed five times for five yards but struggled with two fumbles.

Defensively, the Blue Raides only allowed two scores and one field goal while collecting eight sacks, an interception, forcing six fumbles, and numerous pressures.

The defensive play of the game came when Craddock hit Williams with a pass and safety Damon Nickson separated him from the ball with a vicious hit. Williams was out for about five possessions before returning to the scrimmage.

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"That was a great hit and a good play by Damon," said Stockstill. "That's football. I was glad to see Bobby come back and immediately make a catch."

The Blue Raiders will return to the practice field on Monday to begin the final week of spring drills.

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