ISU Spring Camp Report: Points Plentiful
In The Red Zone
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[April 21, 2014]
— With a veteran offensive line, a sophomore quarterback with a
full year of experience, and added firepower at the receiver position,
many believe the Illinois State offense could be potent in 2014. If the
team's performance on Thursday means anything, Redbird fans will see a
lot of points put up on the new scoreboard at Hancock Stadium.
Once again, head coach Brock Spack flipped the script literally and
went directly into the team series in the red zone up on the grass
practice field before ending practice with 7-on-7 and pass rush
work. The offense came out on fire, scoring touchdowns on three of
its first four series. A fade route to the corner of the end zone
from Blake Winkler to Cameron Meredith got things started, and
Marshaun Coprich followed that with a 12-yard touchdown run, which
forced him to duck and dive his way through the defense. Collin
Keoshian capped off the fourth series with a 2-yard punishing run to
put seven more points on the board.
The defense then forced a
couple of stops, as the offense gave up negative plays on tackles
for loss by David Perkins and Patrick Dougherty
— which Spack, as he talked to the offense after practice,
emphasized that they absolutely could not do in the red zone. A
connection from Winkler to Scott Kuehn two series later got the
offense back on the right track, and a rushing touchdown on a
bootleg by Winkler put an end to the drill.
Spack then backed the team up and tasked them to drive in from
the 30-yard line. The defense stiffened, as tackles for loss by
Dalton Keane and Zack Marshall and a sack and TFL by Brent Spack put
a stop to a pair of offensive drives. Marshall also added a sack in
the team blitz section, and Billy Knust added a sack as well to
swing a bit of the momentum the defense's way.
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In the final drill of the day, Winkler and Trevor Rea split reps
in the red zone. Winkler finished the session 8-for-12, with
touchdown passes to Lechein Neblett and Jon-Marc Anderson. He also
completed a pair of passes each to James O'Shaughnessy and Anthony
Warrum. Rea was 7-for-9, with a pair of touchdowns to O'Shaughnessy
and two completions to Jamal Towns.
Another intrasquad scrimmage awaits the Redbirds on Saturday at
9:30 a.m. Just like last Saturday, it will be closed to the public,
with the official scrimmage taking place at 1 p.m.
news release received from
Illinois State University]