It was the second stadium scrimmage for the Tigers in the preseason.
Bowers and Sapp, who both made the academic honor roll for the
second semester, are both products of Bamberg, SC and Bamberg-Ehrhardt
High School. Malliciah Goodman, a freshman, also had a pair of sacks in
the scrimmage that was played with no tackling the quarterback, so it was
much easier to record sacks.
Brandon Maye led the defense in tackles with seven, while Marcus Gilchrist had two tackles for loss and a 60 yard fumble return.
The offense spent a lot of time working on the running game.
The quarterbacks had balanced, similar statistics. Willy Korn completed
five of 11 passes for 56, while Kyle Parker was five of 10 passing for 39
yards. Mike Wade was three-for-three for 20 yards and freshman Tajh Boyd was
four of five for 66 yards. There were no interceptions and no touchdown
The receivers were led by red-shirt freshman Brandon Ford, who
caught three passes for 56 yards. Freshman Bryce McNeal had three catches
for 20 yards. Graduate tight end Durrell Barry had a fine catch over the
middle from Parker for 24 yards.
Rendrick Taylor was the top rusher with eight carries for 33
yards and a touchdown. Jamie Harper had eight carries for 29 yards in the
scrimmage and scored three times in the goal line drill at the end of the
scrimmage. C.J. Spiller played sparingly as Swinney gave younger running
backs more reps. Freshman Roderick McDowell had four rushes for 15 yards
and a touchdown from five yards out.
Richard Jackson and Spencer Benton both booted placekicks on the
day. Jackson was 4-of-5 on attempts including kicks before the scrimmage
and during the scrimmage. Spencer Benton was three of five. Punter Dawson Zimmerman also had a good day with a 45-yard average.
Swinney said he continues to evaluate the quarterback position
and did not make an announcement on his starter after practice.
quarterbacks continue to do well and work hard," said Swinney. "But I don't
have a specific timetable as to when I will announce a starter. We will let
Swinney said it was a good day of practice, but he was without a
lot of players due to injury.
"You get a lot of players out at this time
of the year. Today was our fifth straight day of practice. We will take
tomorrow off and it comes at a good time.
"The defense is still ahead of the offense, but the offense is
making progress, especially in the offensive line. We had better pass
protection overall. It is tough to evaluate when you have the no hitting
the quarterback rule and it makes it a lot easier to record sacks.
"What bothered me the most today were the mistakes by the
offense in the red-zone. We had a great opening drive where we took the
ball from the 30 to the 16, then had a turnover. Other times we had an
offside¹s or a holding penalty in the red-zone that negated a positive
Three players suffered injuries during the scrimmage. Starting
offensive tackle Chris Hairston suffered a muscle strain in his neck, while
Terence Ashe suffered a mild concussion. Freshman linebacker Corico Hawkins
suffered a knee injury.
Missing the practice completely were Jacoby Ford (hamstring),
Jamie Cumbie (shoulder), Andre Ellington (knee), Michael Palmer (foot),
Wilson Norris (knee), Brandon Clear (ribs) and Miguel Chavis (hamstring).
Saturday scrimmage report
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