NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State football team held its second spring scrimmage on Saturday at Hale Stadium, marking the halfway point of the 2018 spring schedule.
- Quarterback Demry Croft led the offense on a sustained drive to open the live 11-on-11 action. The drive included a first down catch from Steven Newbold as well as first downs on the ground by Te’Kendrick Roberson, Seth Rowland and Croft.
- The second drive was highlighted by an interception returned for a touchdown courtesy of UConn transfer John Robinson IV.
- The defense again came up big on the next two drives. Following a first down pass from Croft to Newbold, linebacker Blair Edwards broke up a third down pass on the second drive.
- With Michael Hughes under center, Treon Harris and Miles Cavitt came up with first down catches over the middle.
- Later on in the scrimmage, cornerback Dajour Nesbeth had a tackle for a loss and a pass breakup to stop the drive.
- For the offense, the final drive included a catch and run of 20 yards from DeVon Johnson followed by a Seth Rowland rush up the middle to the one yard line.
- On the final play of the day, the defense made a goal line stand that included a fumble recovery by Dell Porter to keep the offense out of the endzone.
HEAD COACH ROD REED
“With limited numbers, I’m really proud of the way the guys are coming out and competing. It was a good scrimmage. We probably had about 50-some odd plays today. Some bright spots out there. I really liked what I saw out of (Demry) Croft at the quarterback position. He did some good things today. Michael (Hughes) didn’t have his best day today, but those two guys are competing really hard for that spot.”
- Thoughts on the scrimmage
“To see us be able to run the ball a little bit with some efficiency, I thought Shawn McColley is a young kid who we expect to get some stuff out of. He did a really good job of running the ball. Seth Rowland had a nice run today. Te’kendrick Roberson, he’s been doing a really good job up until that last fumble. We’re really excited about him. Earl (Harrison) didn’t get very many touches today. I think he’s a little bit under the weather, but we’ve got some guys.”
- On the running backs
“It was great to see our receivers catch the ball. We had some defensive backs make some great plays on the ball today. We’re a little short up front. We’ve got about five or six defensive linemen that are out hurt right now, so we know our capabilities up there. All in all, the effort was great. We had a couple turnovers – you never like that – but to see the defense get some turnovers and turn it into plus yardage was a good thing also.”
- On the other bright spots