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Blue Raiders hold 62-play scrimmage prior to Fan Day

August 20, 2005 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Both the Middle Tennessee offense and defense had their moments during Saturday's 62-play intrasquad scrimmage with each unit coming away with not only positives, but also plenty to work on two weeks prior to the season opener at Alabama. The Middle Tennessee offense racked up 393 yards of total offense, including 250 in the air, while the defense came away with six turnovers and allowed just 10 points.

"We made some plays out there this morning, but we still have a long ways to go before we are ready to play," said Head Coach Andy McCollum. "My biggest complaint today came in the turnover department. We put the ball on the ground too many times and we can not do that and be successful. The one thing we preach everyday is taking care of the football and we have to improve in that area.

"It was a very physical day in the heat and sloppy at times, but I think our team battled well today and I like how both our front lines performed. We also need to do a better job of converting on third down."

Junior quarterback and Davey O'Brien Award candidate Clint Marks went 5-for-7 for 88 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown strike to Cleannord Saintil. Marks led the first-team offense down the field more than 60 yards on the opening drive of the scrimmage, which included a 22-yard reverse play to Pierre Ingram. But miscommunication between Marks and running back Eugene Gross led to a careless fumble recovered by defensive lineman Christopher Sapp.

The next series concluded with the only touchdown of the day, a 27-yard connection between Marks and senior Cleannord Saintil. Saintil led the receiving corps with four catches for 71 yards and a TD, while senior Linnie Yarbrough had three receptions for 51 yards.

Lou Groza Award candidate and junior Colby Smith connected on a 47-yard field goal for the only other scoring.

Senior QB Josh Harris completed four of his seven attempts for 61 yards, while redshirt freshman Patrick Jackson put the ball in the air 17 times, completing 13 for 101 yards and one interception.

The defense struggled at times but was able to come up with an interception from J.K. Sabb after the ball deflected off the helmet of safety Jeremiah Weaver. DeMarcus Green and Sabb also had fumble recoveries, Green's on the last play of the workout.

Erik Walden and Jason Elam both had sacks, while Tavares Jones and Josh Dutton both totaled five tackles. Jonathan Bonner, who has returned to the field this season after missing all but one game in 2004, had four stops and a tackle for loss. Four other Blue Raiders - Chance Dunleavy, Jordan Wilson, Reggie Doucet, and Bradley Nix - all had four tackles. Sean Mosley and Trevor Jenkins both had tackles for loss.

STATS
Offense
Passing
Clint Marks 5-7, 88 yds, 1 TD
Josh Harris 4-7, 61 yds
Patrick Jackson 13-17, 101 yds, 1 INT

Receiving
Cleannord Saintil 4-71 yds, 1 TD
Linnie Yarbrough 3-51 yds
Bobby Williams 2-22 yds
Michael Cannon 2-3 yds
Eddie Brown 2-14 yds
Thomas Osteen 2-15 yds
Luke Paschall 1-13 yds
Dale Galvin 1-8 yds
Jonathan Grigsby 1-12 yds
Derek Shropshire 1-8 yds
Ronald Steed 1-19 yds
Jay Robinson 1-10 yds
Paul Cantrell 1-4 yds

Rushing
Eddie Brown 10-51 yds
Ralph King 7-41 yds
Pierre Ingram 1-22 yds
Alex Suber 2-18 yds
Eugene Gross 2-11 yds
Ronald Steed 4-8 yds
Abdual Henderson 3-(-3) yds
Josh Harris 1-(-5) yds

Defense
Sean Mosley 1 tackle, 1 PD, 1 TFL
Jordan Wilson 4 tackles
DeMarcus Green 1 tackle, FR
Christopher Sapp 2 tackles, FR
Jeremiah Weaver 2 tackles, PD
J.K. Sabb 3 tackles, INT
Tavares Jones 5 tackles
Anthony Glover 2 tackles
Marcus Brandon 2 tackle, PD
Chris Rainey 2 tackle, PD
Chance Dunleavy 4 tackles
Marcus Roebuck 2 tackles
Sean Mosley 2 tackles
Reggie Doucet 4 tackles, FF
Jonathan Presley PD
Jason Elam 2 tackles, sack
Jonathan Bonner 4 tackles, TFL
Damon Nickson 2 tackles, PD
Devarick Scandrett 1 tackle
Dana Stewart 1 tackle
Hunter Birtsch 1 tackle
Josh Dutton 5 tackles, FF
Trevor Jenkins 2 tackle, TFL
Bradley Nix 4 tackles
Chris McCoy 2 tackles
Antoine Owens PD

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