Canes have productive final scrimmage

The Hurricanes finished fall camp with its third scrimmage on Tuesday night. Read on to see why Coach Shannon was encouraged, which players were singled out for their performances, the status on the quarterback competition, and much more.

Quotes from Head Coach Randy Shannon

"This was the last day of camp. We had a lot of good things, a lot of special teams stuff we did today. There was some good stuff on special teams on score team, which is the punt block phase of it. That was very good today. And our punt return team was very good today. We worked every aspect that we can. Now we'll take the next step, take a day off tomorrow and then regular students come on campus and we get ready for Charleston Southern afterward."

On if there were any standouts Tuesday night

"No, same old guys. Everybody had their shots. You don't know till you get on film. Thearon Collier did a good job on returns, a real good job. That's the one guy who stood out on punt returns."

On Matt Bosher handling all of the kicking and punting

"If the season starts right now he probably would."

On Jake Wieclaw

"Jake's doing well, very, very good. He's been practicing every day and kicking every day."

On how the defensive line is doing without Bailey and Moncur

"Very good. A lot of guys are getting a lot of reps. The young guys are getting reps. They're practicing hard, chasing the football. We feel pretty good about our young guys. We want those guys to play 20, 25 plays a game, and they'll play well that way."

On Joe Joseph

"Joe has come around a lot. If you're doing the right things, after four years guys should start really playing a lot. Joe's been here three to four years and now is his time to step up and play."

On whether the team is making less mistakes

"Yeah, a lot less mistakes. Tonight we didn't have illegal formation, which was good. And we didn't turn the ball over tonight, which is really, really good. And we didn't have any drive killers, penalties that killed drives."

On when he is going to announce the Starting QB position

"I don't know when I'm going to make it. I may do it tonight, may have the sports department write a release. No, I'm just playing (laughter). We aren't going to have a press conference, so you might as well forget about that one.

Notes

-The offense had its best scrimmage of fall camp today as they had 7-8 touchdowns and did not have a turnover all night.

-The offense only had two penalties all night.

-Leonard Hankerson was the star of the day as he had 3 touchdown receptions. The first one came 30 yard pass from Jacory Harris. The second score was courtesy of a 40 yard pass from Robert Marve. For the 3rd score, Hankerson took a screen pass from Harris 35 yards for a touchdown.

-Derron Thomas also had touchdown reception off a 20 yard pass from Jacory Harris.

-Sam Shields had a pair of touchdowns today. One of them came off a 20 yard out from Robert Marve.

-Shawnbrey McNeal had a 50 yard run today.

-Javarris James and Graig Cooper received minimal playing time in an attempt to prevent injuries.

-Thearon Collier had a good day returning punts. He had a 40 yard score and had another long return.

-The only bright spot for the defense is they were able to pressure the QBs a little bit. Marcus Forston, Sean Spence, Micanor Regis, Steven Wesley, and Joe Joseph all had sacks.

-Coach Shannon said if the season started today Matt Bosher would be kicking, punting, and kicking off.

-Randy Phillips, Allen Bailey, Eric Moncur, and Tommy Streeter were held out of practice today.


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