Stockstill pleased with first scrimmage

Team endures 4 hour lightning delay

August 14, 2010 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - After a three hour and fifty-minute lightning delay, Middle Tennessee finally got in its first scrimmage of fall football camp on Saturday evening at Floyd Stadium. The Blue Raiders got in 107 plays with most coming under the lights due to the delay.

"I thought it was a good first scrimmage," said Head Coach Rick Stockstill. "I was impressed with our mental approach, after having a nearly four hour lightning delay, I thought we showed some maturity in how we came out and played.

"At the beginning, the defense really did a great job. I like the effort of our team, I thought we played extremely hard, with great effort, and that was the thing that stood out the most to me, how hard we played. I told them beforehand that I want to see you play hard, protect the ball, and eliminate mistakes."

The Blue Raiders started the scrimmage at 5:13 PM and got in four plays before play was halted for lightning. The team resumed play at 9:03 PM.

Senior Dwight Dasher looked sharp as he completed his first seven passes and finished the evening 17-of-24 for 170 yards and a touchdown. He also had one interception.

"I thought Dwight (Dasher) played well," added Stockstill. "He was accurate and made some really nice throws. From where I was standing, behind him, I could see what he was reading, and he really made some difficult throws into some tight alleys. I was really impressed with Dwight."

Sophomore Logan Kilgore completed 11 of 20 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown, while Jeff Murphy went 6 of 12 for 60 yards and a score.

Andrew Banks led all rushers with four carries for 53 yards and a touchdown while freshman Reggie Whatley had 51 yards and two scores on seven attempts. Senior Phillip Tanner looked in mid-season form as he picked up 42 yards and a touchdown on seven attempts to go with two receptions for 19 yards.

Junior wide receiver Malcolm Beyah is having a solid camp and it showed Saturday night as he led all pass catchers with five receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown. His score came on a 34-yard strike from Dasher.

Harold Turner added four catches for 46 yards and a touchdown (18 yards from Kilgore), while running back Benny Cunningham hauled in four receptions for 38 yards. William Pratcher added three catches and Arthur Williams collected a 24-yard touchdown pass from Murphy.

Defensively, the Blue Raiders came away with six sacks, 13 tackles for loss, four pass breakups and two interceptions.

Defensive end Dearco Nolan led the way with 2.5 sacks followed by two from linebacker Antwan Davis. Derrek Upshaw and Jimmy Staten also had sacks.

Linebacker Justin Jones picked off Dasher on the 19th play of the scrimmage and returned it 27 yards. Walk-on Bryan Armstrong recorded the other interception.

Placekicker Alan Gendreau continued his consistent play by making four of five field goals with the only miss coming from 49 yards. The junior had makes from 27, 34, 35, and 45 yards.

The Blue Raiders will have off Sunday for Fan Day before returning to practice on Monday morning at 8:15 AM.

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