Fighting Illini Hold Second Spring Scrimmage

Illinois' football team held its second scrimmage of the spring on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. On offense the Illini scored five touchdowns on their 16 drives, while the defense forced two turnovers and totaled five sacks. <br><br> Read more on the last scrimmage before the Spring game from

The defense held the offense out of the end zone until the eighth drive when senior quarterback Jon Beutjer found freshman tight end Melvin Bryant for a one-yard score. On the drive Beutjer was 4-of-4 for 58 yards including a 40-yard strike to junior Ade Adeyemo. For the day, Beutjer was 22-of-29 for 200 yards and two touchdowns.

On the tenth drive, the Illini defense forced its second turnover of the day, this one an Alan Ball interception of a Beutjer pass. The other turnover came on the fourth series when redshirt freshmen defensive lineman Chris Norwell recovered a fumble.

Sophomore Chris Pazan led the Illini to the next score, another one-yard completion to Bryant on an identical play as the first touchdown. The drive was just four plays, after an eight-yard rush, Pazan hit Franklin Payne down the sideline for 32 yards and then hooked up with Marcus Mason for 29 yards to the one-yard line to set up the score.

Beutjer, who was at the helm for three of the five scoring drives, found Adeyemo down the middle for 41 yards on the 13th series. On the play, Adeyemo made several defenders miss before galloping in for the score.

The most impressive drive came on the 15th possession, as Beutjer led the Illini 70 yards in 18 plays that culminated in a one-yard touchdown plunge by sophomore fullback Jason Davis. On the drive, the offense converted two fourth downs, one from four yards and one from two and had a balanced attack, throwing nine times for 47 yards and rushing nine times for 26 yards.

On defense, Josh Tischer led the team with 10 tackles, while Kelvin Hayden made nine, Mike Gawelek posted eight with one sack and James Stevenson had six tackles, a sack and one PBU. J Leman and Morris Virgil each had eight tackles and Norwell registered three tackles and a sack to go along with his fumble recovery.

On the final series of the day, Brad Bower connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass with Brock Bolen to close out the scoring.

The Illini's spring game is scheduled for April 17th at 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

8th Drive: Melvin Bryant 1-yard reception from Jon Beutjer (Kick failed)
11th Drive: Bryant 1-yard reception from Chris Pazan (Steve Weatherford kick good)
13th Drive: Ade Adeyemo 41-yard reception from Beutjer (Weatherford kick good)
15th Drive: Jason Davis 1-yard run (Weatherford kick good)
16th Drive: Brock Bolen 20-yard reception from Brad Bower (Weatherford kick good)

Passing (comp-att.-Yds-TD-INT)
Jon Beutjer (22-29-200-2-1)
Tim Brasic (4-8-42-0-0)
Chris Pazan (8-13-104-1-0)
Brad Bower (4-6-75-1)

Rushing (att-yards-td)
E.B. Halsey (16-70-0)
Pierre Thomas (5-25-0)
Jason Davis (10-23-1)
Marcus Mason (9-24-0)
Brad Bower (3-15-0)
Brian Grzelakowski (1-8-0)
Brock Bolen (3-6-0)
Tim Brasic (1-1-0)
Chris Pazan (1-(-12)-0)

Receiving (catches-yards-TD)
Ade Adeyemo (6-107-1)
Marcus Mason (4-60-0)
Kendrick Jones (4-36-0)
Jason Davis (5-34-0)
DeJuan Warren (3-18-0)
Melvin Bryant (3-6-2)
Pierre Thomas (2-10-0)
Brian Grzelakowski (2-8-0)
Tim Splant (1-38-0)
Franklin Payne (1-32-0)
Brock Bolen (1-20-1)
Mark Kornfeld (1-16-0)
Lonnie Hurst (1-7-0)
Anthony McClellan (1-4-0)

Athlete - tackles, Misc.
Josh Tischer: 10
Kelvin Hayden: 9
Mike Gawelek: 8, Sack
J Leman: 8
Morris Virgil: 8
Alan Ball: 7, INT
Matt Sinclair: 7
James Stevenson: 6, Sack, PBU
Chris Norwell: 3, Sack, FR

Story courtesy the University of Illinois

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