One of the biggest surprises of the scrimmage was how much the tight ends were involved in the passing game. In the past, the tight end position was ignored in the passing game; however, Saturday the position accounted for 8 receptions for 165 yards. Sparks led the way with 3 catches for 64 yards. Redshirt freshman Antoine Duplessis (6-3, 247) also made 3 grabs for 29 yards. The leading receiver was Brian King who hauled in 5 passes for 77 yards.
On the ground, starting running back Andre Anderson (6-0, 211, Jr.) saw limited action by design so that the staff could evaluate some of the younger talent at the position. Anderson carried 6 times for 29 yards, including a 3 yard touchdown run to cap-off the opening drive. Freshman Nathan Austin (6-2, 226) had 13 carries for 19 yards, but scored 3 touchdowns. J.T. McDonald (5-9, 216, Fr.) and Albert Williams (5-11, 178, Fr.) each had 3 carries for 10 yards. The most surprising rushing performance of the afternoon came from walk-on freshman Greg Friedman (6-1, 188) who led all rushers with 70 yards on 8 carries. Friedman is listed as a wide receiver; however, a position change may be in his future.
On the defensive side of the ball, middle linebacker Evan Lee (6-1, 230, Sr.) led all defenders with 11 tackles. Lee spent most of his time with the second-team defense. Senior defensive tackle Julian Shives-Sams (6-3, 282) had an excellent day recording 6 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. Senior defensive end Adam Kwentua (6-3, 250) also had two sacks.
In the secondary, freshman Alex Lauricella (6-0, 178) had 4 tackles, one interception which he returned for 27 yards, and one pass breakup. Cornerback Charles Harris (6-3, 176, Jr.) also picked off a pass and returned it 36 yards.
In addition to Lauricella, several incoming freshmen stood out in Saturday's scrimmage. Safety David Allen (6-3, 186) had 6 tackles. Safety Ian Harson (5-11, 174) recorded 5 tackles and a pass breakup. Defensive end Casey Blum (6-3, 252) had 4 tackles and a sack. Also defensive tackle Emmanuel Aluko (6-2, 281), recently cleared by the NCAA, had 3 tackles and an assist on a tackle behind the line of scrimmage.
Defensive end Reggie Scott (6-4, 260, Sr.) was the only starter that was held out of the scrimmage. It should also be noted that freshman defensive end Kadeem Taylor who was cleared by the NCAA last week, left the team this week.