Scrimmage Ends 1st Week of MU Football Drills

Under gloomy skies at Marshall Stadium on Friday, the Marshall football team finished up the first week of spring drills with a short (but hard-hitting) scrimmage on Friday afternoon.

The scrimmage featured about 30 plays, and lasted 40 minutes.

"We've got a lot of athletes, and they made a lot of athletic plays," said Marshall coach Bob Pruett. "At times we ran it well, at times we blocked well."

Some highlights from Friday's scrimmage, in no particular order:
*Sophomore wide receiver Brad Bates put a juke-and-jive move on defensive back Willie Smith that absolutely froze Smith in his tracks. The slice-n-dice move elicited a reaction from the 50 or so fans in attendance, and earned Bates an extra 8 yards on the reception.
*Junior wide receiver Darius Watts made a terrific catch-and-run over the middle of the defensive secondary, good for 35 yards.

Brandon Carey shook off a facemask on this run during the scrimmage Friday afternoon.

*Junior defensive lineman Josh Blakey nabbed a Stan Hill pass on the line of scrimmage and ran the interception back a few yards before being tackled.
*Defensive tackle Josh Cordell also got in on the act, swatting down a Andrew English pass at the line of scrimmage.
*Second-string QB Stan Hill threw a beautiful pass to Denero Marriott for a 28-yard completion. Hill displayed a nice touch on the ball, dropping it into Marriott's hands as Marriott approached the sidelines. Hill showed just the opposite a few plays later, burning in a pass to receiver Nate Manns that definitely had some Byron Leftwich-like speed to it.
*Running back Brandon Carey displayed had several runs for 10+ yards.
*Defensive back Terence Tarpley reached around and knocked the ball out of Brandon Carey's grasp. Dionte Wilson picked up the fumble.
*Dionte Wilson did more than just pick up a fumble: The sophomore linebacker put a crushing hit to stop running back Franklin Wallace in his tracks behind the line of scrimmage.

"I was really pleased with our effort and enthusiasm," summed up Marshall coach Bob Pruett afterward. The Marshall squad now gets the next three days off, and will resume practice on Tuesday morning at 6:30am. The annual Green-White spring game is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at Marshall University Stadium. Practice on March 23 is slated to be held at South Charleston High School.

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