Baker, Young Shine In Red/White Game

RALEIGH, NC -- Sophomore running back Toney Baker rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown and Willie Young tallied three sacks in the Red/White Game.

Sophomore running back Toney Baker rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown and Willie Young tallied three sacks in the Red/White Game.

Baker scored the first touchdown of the game, an electric 64-yard run that showed everything needed in a great tailback. The sophomore burst threw the hole and made the first defender miss with a sweet juke move, he next broke two tackles in the defensive secondary, and ended the run by pulling away from speedy cornerback Phillip Holloman.

The run was the longest gain from scrimmage today, but it wasn't the only long play by NC State's offense.

Running the third-string offense, redshirt freshman quarterback Mike Greco scored on a 60-yard touchdown run that really showcased his speed, as no defensive player literally touched him. In the game, NC State quarterbacks wore black jerseys and were sacked or "down" after being touched by a defender. Greco faked a handoff to his running back and pulled out around the end where he outran everybody down the sideline for the score.

On his next possession, Greco connected with redshirt freshman Kyle Newell on a 60-yard scoring pass.

Starting quarterback Marcus Stone finished the game 10-of-18 for 94 yards with one interception and a six-yard touchdown pass to John Dunlap. Backup Daniel Evans impressed early, but struggled in the later stages of the game. He was 7-of-13 with two interceptions. Greco completed just 3-of-7 passes for 78 yards, but also rushed for 70 yards on seven carries.

Baker led the running backs, as he rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown on just nine carries. Starting tailback Andre Brown tallied 58 yards on 10 carries, and redshirt freshman Jamelle Eugene certainly flashed his talents. Now the third-string tailback after Reggie Davis and Darrell Blackman moved to different positions, Eugene rushed for 108 yards on 16 carries, and also recorded a nine-yard touchdown run in the final minutes.

Newell paced the receivers, finishing with four catches for 90 yards and a score. Baker added two catches for 34 yards and Eugene tallied three catches for 29 yards.

Redshirt freshman Willie Young was the star defensively, as he recorded five tackles and a game-high three sacks. J.C. Neal added seven tackles and an interception, and Reggie Davis, who moved to linebacker this week from fullback, also registered seven tackles.

NOTABLES

  • The scrimmage consisted of ones-vs-ones, twos-vs-twos, and threes-vs-threes with the groups switching after 10 plays.
  • Following the game, the team participated in its goalline drills and the offense looked strong.
  • Starting on the offensive line was James Newby (LT), Kalani Heppe (LG), Luke Lathan (C), Curtis Crouch (RG), and Jerail McCuller (RT). After the first couple of plays, Leroy Harris rotated in at center.
  • Starting cornerback A.J. Davis didn't participate because of an injury. Coach Amato said afterwards that he was fine and it gave the younger players a chance to receive more reps.
  • Reggie Davis looked solid at linebacker. He missed a couple of tackles in space, but was very active and looked fluid at linebacker considering he made the switch this week.
  • Willie Young and Littleton Wright started at defensive end. Wright finished with three tackles and shared reps with senior John Amanchuckwu who also recorded three tackles.
  • NC State was aggressive defensively, and looked solid. Jimmie Sutton totaled five tackles and two sacks from his starting cornerback position.

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