SFA QB's Look Strong in Second scrimmage
Aug. 19, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team completed its second and final scrimmage of preseason camp Sunday night at Homer Bryce Stadium. The scrimmage had the No. 1 offense face the No. 2 defense, while the 'Jacks first-team defense squared off against the No. 2 offense.
"I thought we looked really good tonight offensively," said head coach J.C. Harper. "We scored a lot and I'm excited about how we look. I thought our first defense looked good as well. It's difficult for those guys because they know going in they can't hit the quarterback, but they put a lot of pressure on the quarterbacks. We were able to get a lot of special teams work in so it was a good night."
Both quarterbacks got out to quick starts before the defense could settle in. Junior Brady Attaway completed 9-of-his-first-10 passes, and freshman Joe Minden connected 13 of his first 14, before things got tougher on the offense. Midway through the scrimmage the defense forced the SFA signal callers into a 5-of-14 stretch, which included a sack, four pass breakups and an interception, which was returned 33 yards for a score. Two of the completions during that stretch were for no gain.
Attaway finished the night completing 22-of-29 passes for 478 yards and six touchdowns, while Minden was 18-of-26 for 152 yards and an interception. True freshman Hunter Taylor saw some action late in the scrimmage completing 2-of-4 passes with an interception.
The SFA running backs were also impressive finishing the night with 12 carries for 94 yards and three touchdowns. The backs had seven runs of at least 10 yards including a 40-yard touchdown scamper from freshman Jamarcus Walker. The other two touchdowns runs came from sophomore Gus Johnson and Doug Gentry.
"We return a very talented group of running backs with Gus (Johnson) and Fred (Ford), and the addition of Doug Gentry adds a lot to our backfield," said Harper. "Those guys have been working really hard, but you have to give a lot of credit to our offensive line. They did a great job blocking."
The defense finished the night with two sacks, two interceptions, five pass break ups and a forced fumble. Junior Caleb Nelson led the defense with eight tackles, two pass breakups and an interception he returned 33 yards for the score. Sophomore Trevor Murphy added three tackles, including one sack and forced a fumble.
The receivers were led by senior Cordell Roberson who hauled in eight passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Marquis Mosley added four receptions for 130 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown grab. Junior Kris Lott caught four passes for 85 yards.
The team will begin morning practices Monday, and will maintain the morning schedule through the rest of the season. SFA will hit the practice field Monday morning at 7:45 a.m.