Air attack carries Blue to 52-40 win in Blue-White Game
Jones leads defense with 8 tacklesApril 20, 2013 · @MTAthletics
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Blue won for just the second time under head coach Rick Stockstill with a strong performance Saturday afternoon to defeat White, 52-40, under non-traditional scoring rules during the annual Spring game at Floyd Stadium in front of 5,000 fans.
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In a contest pitting offense versus defense the entire game, White was awarded seven points per quarter and four for each turnover it created. Late in the game they were given two points for a stop.
The Blue offense came out on fire by scoring in each of its first six possessions behind solid play from quarterbacks Logan Kilgore and Austin Grammer. The White defense finished strong scoring 15 points in the final quarter and completing the day with six sacks and an interception.
Kilgore continued his strong spring play by directing the Blue on a five-play, 65-yard drive and a touchdown to open the game. Kilgore hit Kyle Griswould in the corner of the end zone from 21 yards out for the score. Kilgore went on to hit his first seven passes.
The senior signal-caller finished the day with 9 completions out of 11 attempts for 118 yards, a touchdown and one interception. He did not see action in the second half.
Kicker Cody Clark scored the lone field goal of the day, banking a 42-yard attempt to give the offense a 10-7 lead with five minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Tailback William Pratcher ran four yards to give the Blue team a 17-7 lead in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the redshirt senior tailback scampered 65 yards to paydirt. Pratcher accounted for 11 carries, 107 yards and two touchdowns
Grammer's first scoring strike was a 13-yard pass to Perkins with 7:54 to play in the second quarter. With the first half coming to a close, Grammer found William Wilson in the corner for a three-yard strike to give the offense a 38-14 lead at halftime.
He then connected to Zach Schiltz on a 15-yard touchdown, finishing a drive that lasted 10 plays and 62 yards. Grammer finished the day with 24 completions out of 34 pass attempts for 242 yards and three touchdowns. The redshirt freshman completed a game-long 50-yard bullet to Chris Perkins.
Corey Carmichael capped off the Blue team scoring with a rushing touchdown of 13 yards. He finished with eight carries for 44 yards. Brentwood High product Chukwadi Echetebu carried the pigskin 19 times for 86 yards.
The White team totaled seven tackles-for-loss, six sacks and forced an interception. David Jones led the defense with eight tackles. Defensive end Chris Hale led the squad with sick solo stops, while Alexandro Antoine collected two sacks for a loss of 10 yards.
Safety Chris Brown snagged the lone interception in the third quarter. The redshirt freshman finished the contest with four defensive stops.
Saturday's festivities marked the end of the 2013 spring season. The Blue Raiders will open up their first summer camp as a Conference USA member in August.
2013 Spring Practice Awards
Terry Whiteside Award (Excellence in academics, football, strength training, community service, and campus activities): Logan Kilgore
Dr. Sidney A. McPhee Senior Academic Award: Josh Davis
Dr. James E. Walker Junior Academic Award: Matthew Sprouse
Dr. Don Craig Sophomore Academic Award: Reggie Whatley
Jeanne Massaquoi Freshman Academic Award: Anfornee Stewart
Most Improved Quarterback: Logan Kilgore
Most Improved Running Back: William Pratcher
Most Improved Wide Receiver: Tavarres Jefferson
Most Improved Offensive Line: Darius Johnson
Most Improved Defensive Line: Alexandro Antoine
Most Improved Linebacker: Christian Henry
Most Improved Safety: Anfornee Stewart
Most Improved Corner: Herbert King
Most Improved Strength Training Quarterback: Logan Kilgore
Most Improved Strength Training Running Back: Jordan Parker
Most Improved Strength Training Wide Receiver: Christian Collis
Most Improved Strength Training Offensive Line: Darius Johnson
Most Improved Strength Training Defensive Line: Raynard Felton
Most Improved Strength Training Linebacker: T.T Barber
Most Improved Strength Training Safety: Reggie Farmer
Most Improved Strength Training Corner: Herbert King
Most Improved Strength Training Specialist: Cody Clark
Head Coach Rick Stockstill
On limiting the defense during the scrimmage:
"I think there is work to be done on both sides. We limited the defense a lot though. There wasn't any blitzing throughout the game. That made it a little tougher to put some pressure on the offense. I think this summer is critical for both sides of the ball. Once we get into August camp hopefully we will have our whole team healthy and be ready to go."
On William Pratcher's performance today:
"I think William has had a great spring. He was awarded the most improved back of the spring. He's really the only healthy back we had today after a few injuries the last few days. I think he has improved every day. We still have a long way to go before we play but I feel confident with him in the backfield."
Quarterback Logan Kilgore
His thoughts on how the game went:
"I thought it was a good game with no injuries which is always a plus. I thought we executed well offensively and were able to put the ball in the end zone several times."
On the amount of injuries this spring effecting the flow of the offense:
"At times, it is difficult but our personnel is pretty deep. When guys are out, other guys have to step up and I think throughout the spring we did a good job handling that."
His confidence on the passing game with the new receivers:
"I think Coach (Buster) Faulkner has done a great job schematically with the new guys. Tavarres (Jefferson) has come on strong and so has Kyle (Griswould). Chris has done a nice job on the outside and has caught on quick to what we want to do."
Defensive End Alexandro Antoine
His role in the defense this year:
"I'm supposed to be the guy to bring the pressure this year. I just need to go out there and keep my head on straight and go out there and keep getting better each and every day."
Coach Tyrone Nix's expectations for him:
"Coach expects me to step my game up more. During the season I didn't play to my full potential and I just need to step up this season. Today was a good sign for us. Our mindset has to change in the pass rush and become more explosive. From last season to this season we feel more confident on the line and are excited for the fall."
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