Special Teams On Display At Scrimmage

Sophomore running back Ahmad Bradshaw returned a punt for a touchdown and senior offensive tackle Toby Bullock blocked two field goal attempts to lead the White to a 22-14 win over the Green in Marshall's special teams scrimmage Wednesday.

Bradshaw scored the only touchdown of the day when he received a punt at roughly the 15 yard line and managed to beat several defenders to the near sideline and cut up field. From there Bradshaw cut toward the center of the field and eluded two tacklers at midfield before breaking free for the 85-yard score.


Ahmad Bradshaw ran this return 85 yards for a TD during the special teams scrimmage on Wednesday.

"He (Bradshaw) practices hard, works hard, and utilizes the talent that God gave him," White team coach Shaine Miles said. "He is a special talent."


Kicker Ian O'Connor booted this extra point.

Bullock a veteran offensive lineman made the most of his opportunity as a down lineman on kick blocks. The former high school tight end managed to block two field goal attempts, while having another block called back due to a penalty.

Miles oversaw the white team, while fellow assistant Todd Goebell served as the green team's coach. Both coaches selected their staffs and teams during a draft with Marshall's kickers, punters, and long snappers performing for both units.


The losing team (green) ran to the top of the stadium three times at the end of Marshall football's special teams scrimmage.

Ian O'Connor and Marty Biagi both connected on several strong punts, while O'Connor hit the long field goal of the day from 52-yards out.

The scrimmage featured multiple special teams situations and serves as an indication that the Marshall coaching staff is placing a high priority on special teams this season.


Ian O'Connor completed this pass to Chris Royal (foreground) for a solid gain during a fake punt attempt.

"The important thing is we worked through a lot of different situations and got to see a lot of guys in different roles," Miles said. "We can now go back and study the film and get better in every area."


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