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    'Jacks Close Spring Practice With Scrimmage

    March 9, 2000


    CONTACT: Rob Meyers

    NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team wrapped up spring practice Thursday evening with a crisp two-hour scrimmage. Both the offensive and defensive units were impressive during the workout.

    The team ran 47 rushing plays during the scrimmage for a total of 250 yards and one touchdown, while four quarterbacks combined for a 19 of 42 passing night for 261 yards and two touchdowns. The defensive unit also picked off two passes and returned both for scores.

    Derrick Blaylock, projected as the starting tailback heading into the 2000 season carried 19 times for 125 yards and scored a touchdown on a one-yard run. Blaylock had one 50-yard scamper inside the five yard line early in the scrimmage.

    Ahmad Traylor was also impressive working with the second unit. Traylor carried 17 times for 79 yards on the night.

    Quarterback Wes Pate connected on seven of 21 pass attempts for 69-yards. He was also intercepted once by freshman David Crocker. Crocker returned the interception 74-yards for a touchdown.

    Matt Williford, a sophomore in the fall, was seven of eight for 89 yards and also had one touchdown and one interception. He connected with Ahmad Traylor on a screen pass that Traylor carried in from 64-yards out.

    "I was very pleased with the way the two offense and one defense played. I thought that the first offense struggled a little bit with some of the new things we put in. I don't know who won or who lost. Both sides of the ball did good things. Overall, I was very pleased with the spring. We had a very productive month of practice and these workouts will provide us with a great springboard into August", said Mike Santiago.

    The Lumberjacks report for fall camp in early August.