'Jacks hold first scrimmage of preseason camp.
Aug. 12, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
Junior quarterback Brady Attaway appeared to be in midseason form Sunday night completing 37 passes for 464 yards in Stephen F. Austin's first scrimmage of preseason camp. He completed 58 percent of his passes, including four for touchdowns as the 'Jacks competed in an offense vs. defense scrimmage.
"I was real happy with the execution on both sides of the ball," said SFA head coach J.C. Harper. "We wanted to make sure that we got everyone on the field tonight so that we can evaluate their performance on film. We were able to do that. Several players stepped up tonight, now we sit down and evaluate everyone's performance as we get set for the second week of practice."
Attaway started quickly connecting of 11 of his first 16 attempts, but the defense settled down and began making its own big plays. The Lumberjack defense finished the night with 12 tackles for losses, seven sacks and three pass break ups. The first team defense didn't surrender its first touchdown until the third series of the scrimmage.
Redshirt freshman Joe Minden ran the offense for the second team, completing 15-of-29 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown, while freshman Hunter Taylor was 5-of-7 for 10 yards.
Attaway connected with three different receivers on scoring plays including a 46-yard strike to preseason All-SLC selection Mike Brooks. Minden recorded the first touchdown pass of the night on a 45-yard pass to DJ Ward.
SFA's running backs also looked strong Sunday night. The 'Jacks finished the game with 20 carries for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Gus Johnson recorded the first rushing touchdown on a tough run from three yards out, while classmate Fred Ford scored on a 20-yard carry on his last run of the night. Ford finished the game with eight carries for 58 yards.
Brooks led all receivers with eight catches for 172 yards and two scores. Junior Kris Lott added four catches for 86 yards and a touchdown, while sophomore Marquis Mosley hauled in four passes for 42 yards.
The Lumberjack defense was led by three-time All-SLC selection Josh Aubrey who finished the game with five tackles, including three solo stops, and a pass break up. Junior Ortavious Hypolite had four tackles and a pass break up.
The Lumberjacks return to practice Monday at 6 p.m. The team will hold its second scrimmage Sunday, Aug. 19, at Homer Bryce Stadium.