The Tigers closed down their third and final scrimmage this afternoon at Death Valley around 12:15 PM. Charlie Whitehurst led the way this by completing 12-of-17 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns.
"Charlie played well today, but he has played well all fall," said head coach Tommy Bowden. "His stats from previous scrimmages did not bother me because we were trying some things on defense and didn't put him in normal situations."
There were also no new injuries to report today.
Defense Starts Fast
Bowden said today that his defense started fast this morning, but tailed off towards the end.
"The defense started fast and then faded," said Bowden. "We didn't nearly perform the way we needed to be successful in this conference with our schedule. We started fast and then just kind of sank from there. They were 3-and-out, 3-and-out, then we started scoring offensively and they never really gained composure."
"LeRoy Hill and Charles Bennett continue to play really really good. We made some good plays early inside with Trey Tate and Eric Coleman, but after that, they were kind of a non-factor," said Bowden.
Anthony Waters led the way for the defense with 7 total tackles and Sergio Gilliam recorded the only turnover of the day on an interception.
Special Teams Update
Bowden said that his specialists performed well during the Tigers' scrimmage Saturday afternoon.
"The punters did good, and the field goal kickers did pretty good," said the sixth year head coach.
Stephen Furr made 4 of 5 field goals, connecting from 33, 27, 30, 28 yards while missing from 55. Jad Dean made 2-of-4. Bowden called the battle between the two kickers, "pretty tight."
Bowden also said that Cole Chason has the edge right now over Chris Wicksell, "He's probably a little bit ahead right now."
Browning Making a Push
Union native Kyle Browning continues to make a serious push for playing time at running back season. Browning had 5 carries for 24 yards today, but Bowden again said that he's making a lasting impression with the coaching staff.
"Kyle Browning has pretty much shown that he deserves to be in the mix and fighting for that starting job," said Bowden. "He's had two really good Saturdays in these scrimmages. He makes big plays, and makes people miss."
Browning scored the longest rushing touchdown of the afternoon on a 20-yard burst.
Yusef Kelly carried the ball 7 times for 24 yards, and Reggie Merriweather had 8 attempts for 44 yards. Six series of today's scrimmage were carried out starting in the red zone, which is one of the reasons why the numbers are somewhat skewed.
The only turnover of the day was an interception thrown by Chansi Stuckey on a halfback pass...Jesse Pickens, Barry Richardson, and Roman Fry are all being looked at still at left tackle...Bowden also said that Will Proctor continues to improve, leading the offense to a touchdown and four field goals...Bowden said the chances of Akeem Robinson playing this year are between 50-75%...LeRoy Hill continues to only play in limited action during scrimmages because the coaching staff wants to get a look at other players...Airese Currie led all receivers with 4 catches for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns...Brandon Pilgrim was back in action today...Starting CB Tye Hill missed the scrimmage with a turf toe, but he is expected back at practice early next week...Starting offensive guard Chip Myrick, who has missed the last 10 practices with mono, was also held out of the scrimmage...Mo Fountain and Cedric Johnson, who both missed time last week due to injury, both played.
The Tigers will take tomorrow off before returning to the practice fields Monday afternoon. All practices are closed to the general public.
Browning Making a Push
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