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Blue Raiders hold 58-play scrimmage to end Tuesday practice

March 28, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee ended football practice on Tuesday with a 58-play scrimmage that was highlighted by a strong early offensive showing before the defense got untrack to win the second half.

The Blue Raiders are coming off a tough scrimmage on Saturday morning but Head Coach Rick Stockstill felt it was necessary to go again on Tuesday.

"I was disappointing after Saturday's scrimmage because I felt we did not compete," said Stockstill. "We needed to lineup and scrimmage again today because we have to start learning how to play and compete in game-like situations. We need to scrimmage as much as possible now because in the fall we will be limited.

"Today, we came right out and scored on our first possession after having to overcome three careless penalties. I was not happy about the penalties but I liked the way we fought back. Our second team then got on the field and scored, but after that the defense took over and did a nice job. Our entire team just needs to learn how to finish practice and finish games."

Quarterback Clint Marks paced the offense by completing 11 of 16 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Marks hit Pierre Ingram on a nine-yard touchdown strike to cap off a 12-play drive for the days first score. Marks hit six different receivers on the day and has yet to throw an interception in two spring scrimmages.

"Marks is showing more leadership and is taking control of the huddle, which is something we have talked about," said Stockstill. "He made some nice throws today."

Patrick Jackson enjoyed another solid outing by completing 9 of 12 passes for 72 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown to fullback John Marc Stephens.

Ingram led all pass catchers with four grabs for 17 yards, while running back Eugene Gross hauled in three receptions for a team-high 62 yards.

"Pierre (Ingram) made some nice plays today and did a good job on the touchdown," said Stockstill.

Defensively, the Blue Raiders did not allow a point in the games final four possessions and collected four of their five sacks during this time.

Junior defensive end Erik Walden had a big day with two sacks and a tackle for loss while tackle Jonathan Presley also had two sacks to go along with a forced fumble.

Defensive back Reggie Doucet also impressed the coaches with some nice plays.

"Reggie caught my eye today with a few good hits," said Stockstill.

The Blue Raiders will be off Wednesday and Thursday before resuming drills on Friday.

Notes: Running back Ronald Steed has been moved to safety, while tight end John Marc Stephens is now at fullback. "John Marc has enjoyed two solid days at fullback and will really help us at that position. He did a nice job today in the scrimmage," said Stockstill.

Scoring
Pierre Ingram 9 pass from Clint Marks (Smith PAT)
John Marc Stephens 7 pass from Clint Marks (King PAT)

Statistics
Passing
Clint Marks: 11-of-16, 139 yards, 1 TDs, 0 INT
Patrick Jackson: 9-of-12, 72 yards, 1 TDs, 0 INT

Rushing
Albert Webb: 7 carries, 9 yards
Eugene Gross: 9 carries, 3 yards

Receiving
Pierre Ingram: 4 catches, 17 yards, 1 TD
Eugene Gross: 3 catches, 62 yards
Rod Taylor: 2 catches, 23 yards
Albert Webb: 2 catches, 22 yards
Clinton Corder: 2 catches, 21 yards
Jay Robinson: 1 catch, 18 yards
Chris DeGeorge: 1 catch, 13 yards
Patrick Honeycutt: 1 catch, 10 yards
Luke Paschall: 1 catch, 10 yards
John Marc Stephens: 1 catch, 7 yards
Jonathan Grigsby: 1 catch, 5 yards
David Raymond: 1 catch, 3 yards

Defensive Highlights
Tackles for Loss: Roy Polite, Erik Walden, Reggie Doucet
Quarterback Sacks: Jonathan Presley (2), Erik Walden (2), Wes Hofacker
Forced Fumble: Jonathan Presley
Pass Breakups: J.K. Sabb

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