Defense Dominates Garnet & Gold Game
Earlier in spring practices the offense showed more patience by using a more controlled passing approach. Today, Jeff Bowden decided to open things up by going deep. However, things didn't work out much for the offense due to several key drops that would've went for big yardage.
Wide receivers Lorne Sam and Joslin Shaw dropped several passes. Sam was open quite a bit today and he was able to score twice. He scored once on a 23-yard pass from Rix and he scored the second time from short pass from Wyatt Sexton in goal line drills. Chauncey Stovall only played in one series today.
Wyatt Seton got the majority of the snaps today and the Tallahassee native was off with his accuracy. Rix, who will be a redshirt senior this upcoming season, didn't do much better. In the quarterback's defense, Robinson and Stovall didn't play much and the receivers probably dropped seven to eight passes. Rix did throw the only touchdown in the regular part of the scrimmage by hooking up with sophomore wide receiver lorne Sam for a 23-yard score.
Running back Lorenzo Booker didn't have much room today but the sophomore did have a nice 20-yard gain on one carry.
The front seven dominated today by shutting down the run and by getting a lot pressure on the quarterbacks. The defense also did a nice job of not allowing Lorenzo Booker to pick up any significant yardage on pass plays into the flat.
There were concerns that with seven starters from last year's squad graduating that there would be a drop off in production. With the amount of talent that some of the younger players have shown this spring, especially at tackle and linebacker, it looks to be an upgrade.
Freshman Chris Bradwell, freshman Andre Fluellen, and sophomore Clifton Dickson were consistently getting pressure. Broderick Bunkley didn't dress out because of injury so Clifton Dickson got the start. And Charles Howard got the start in front of Travis Johnson.
Kamerion Wimbley and Chauncey Davis were the standouts for the defensive end unit by recording three sacks.
The linebackers might be the strength on the defensive unit. Nicholson, Davis, McGrew, Sims and Piquion were all over the place. In goal line drills, the linebackers didn't allow a score. Ernie Sims lit up a ball carrier on one play and Davis made three stops. Davis also had a nice tackle for a loss on a reverse play. McGrew chipped with a nice tackle from behind on Lorenzo Booker.
Bryant McFadden was the strength once again for the secondary. He had several nice pass break ups, including an interception. Jerome Carter intercepted a pass for an 80-yard touchdown. Strong Safety Roger Williams has some hard hits.
Sitting out today's scrimmage for the defense were Broderick Bunkley and Pat Watkins.
The starters for the defense today were, Charles Howard, Clifton Dickson, Eric Moore, A.J. Nicholson, Sam McGrew, Ernie Sims, Leroy Smith, Bryant McFadden, Kyler Hall and Jerome Carter.
Rix 23 yard TD to Sam on first drive Jerome Carter 88 yard int ret (Sexton)
Sam scored a TD in goaline
Booker 6-56 Rutledge 2-12 Napier 3-3
Rix 5-14 77 TD, INT Sexton 5-14 33, INT Keane 1-5 8 Whipkey 0-5
Booker 2-26 Irons 1-26 Sam 1-23, TD Robinson 2-15 Hallbeck 2-14 Shaw 1-7 Johnson 1-9 Hotchkiss 1-2
B. Davis 2, 2 TFL McFadden 2, intn TFL Wimbley 2 Hall 3 Nicholson 3, QB pressure Piquon 5, 2TFL Williams 3 Smith 3, 2 Pass breakups Carter 2, int Ross 1 PB Sims 1, 2 QB pressure
C. Davis 2 Boston Bradwell Piquon Wimbley Sims Howard
Josh Newberg and Chris Milton contributed to this story.
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