Spring Game Report

With a team that was stacked for success, the Black team defeated the Reds 48-17 as Fredi Knighten, the most valuable player in the GoDaddy Bowl victory over Ball State, tossed three touchdown passes and ran for another.

Overall, Knighten, a junior, was 16 of 20 for 212 yards. He was sacked twice and threw an interception. He hit Dijon Paschal with a 29-yard scoring pass, Booker Mays from 16 and Darion Griswold from 19 yards. He also scored on a 19 yard run. "He did the best job of getting us going and moving,'' said offensive coordinator Walt Bell. "He seems to have a greater sense of urgency but we still have a long way to go.

"His interception was just a poor choice.


"He is at this best when he is out of the pocket," said Anderson. "When he is on the move and running you saw what he did. When he is out in the open he plays better."

Other notables:

- Luke Ferguson hit field goals of 36, 32 and 32 yards and was perfect on eight extra points.
- Tres Houston caught a 70-yard pass for a score from Brandon Cox and Dezmon Stegall hit Mays for a 17-yard score and Jerry Moorehead from 43 yards.
- Paschal grabbed 6 passes for 60 yards and Lee caught 4 for 88. J.D. McKissic had 6 receptions for 62 yards.
- Michael Gordan ran 53 yards on 11 carries and DeKeathan Williams had 55 yards on 7 carries. Br> - Tyler Greve received valuable time at center with Bryce Giddens at center, a two-year starter, out with a concussion. Giddens did not play in any of the scrimmages.

Anderson's on guys who improved a lot this spring – wide receivers Carl Lee and Dijon Paschal, running back DeKeathan Williams and defensive end Jonah Hill, who made the move from tight end.

Chris Stone, the returning starter at defensive end and like Hill a former tight end, said Hill also impressed him this spring as did redshirt freshmen defensive end Ja'Von Jones.

"I thought Xavier Woodson and Quanterio Heath had good games and they had been kinda quiet lately," Anderson said.

The passing game was good at times.

"We have a long way to go,'' Anderson said. "We are still prone to the critical mistakes now and then."

Knighten, Cameron Birse (6 of 13 for 49 yards) and Stephen Hogan (2 of 5 for 22 yards) all threw interceptions. Artez Brown returned on the picks 65 yards for a touchdown.

"Our running back depth is very, very scary," said Bell.

Spring practice concludes with a final workout on Monday.

The team reports for fall workouts on July 30 although most of the players will spend the summer in Jonesboro.