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Blue Raiders have physical scrimmage to end first week of spring drills

March 19, 2005 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee football team concluded its first full week of spring practice on Saturday with a 23-play controlled scrimmage and a 16-play goal line scrimmage. With drizzling rain and wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour, the Blue Raiders still got in three full hours of contact work.

"What I liked today was the hitting and physicalness of our practice," said Head Coach Andy McCollum. "We went three hours out there today and it was just as intense the last play as it was the first. Justin Rainey and Chance Dunleavy had some unbelievable hits. We seem to be playing with a little more nastiness on both sides of the ball and that is what we want to see every day."

During the controlled scrimmage, quarterback Clint Marks completed 3-of-6 passes for 39 yards while backup Josh Harris connected on 5-of-7 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Pierre Ingram and Luke Paschall led all receivers with two catches each, while Chris Henry, Taron Henry, Cleannord Saintil, Walt Bell, and DeMarco McNair all had one reception.

Defensively, defensive end Devarick Scandrett stood out with three batted passes and a sack.

In the goal line scrimmage, the offense and defense battled to a draw as the offense scored eight times and the defense held eight times. Tailback Eugene Gross scored on runs of 1, 4, and 3 yards, while McNair reached paydirt from two yards out on two occasions. Marks ran one in on an option play and also threw a touchdown pass to fullback Nick McAfee. Quarterback Joe Craddock accounted for the other touchdown when he ran one in from four yards out.

Along with Rainey and Dunleavy recording hits to stop runners at the 1-yard line and keeping them out of the endzone on three occasions, Scandrett also came up with a big play. Sophomore linebacker Anthony Glover stripped the ball from a Blue Raider runner and Scandrett scooped it up and took it all the way in for a touchdown.

The Blue Raiders will hit the field on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of next week before taking the Easter weekend off.

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