Carrying The Load

The 2,484 fans that took in the April 24 Spring Game were treated to what became a familiar site in the Carrier Dome last year: SU's running backs (particularly Walter Reyes) dominating the game.<br><br>

The Orangemen's four untested quarterbacks struggled throughout much of the game. That left the running backs to steal the show. While predictably Reyes turned in the most dominating and consistent performance, Damien Rhodes and Jeremy Sellers both turned in strong efforts as well. Sellers was especially surprising considering he's listed on the Orangemen's roster as a wide receiver. He played running back because sophomore Tim Washington sat out the game with bruised ribs.

"Walter obviously didn't play as much as he normally would and Damien didn't play as much as he would," SU head coach Paul Pasqualoni said.

"We wanted to give Jeremy opportunities, but at the same time we wanted to get the other guys out there without getting them banged up. I like the way Jeremy runs, I like the way he blocks people."

Even with Reyes and Rhodes limited because of the fear of injury, both managed to turn in crowd-pleasing performances. Pasqualoni said a few days prior to the Spring Game that one of his major goals was to get through the remainder of the spring season without any major injuries.

Reyes was responsible for the biggest running play of the day. Early in the fourth quarter, Reyes took a pitch to the right side of the field and appeared to have no where to go. Like he did so many times last season, he found the smallest of openings and scampered down the sidelines for a 40-yard gain. He finished with 97 yards on eight carries.

More on this article can be found in this month's issue of The Juice.

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