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ISU Spring Camp Report: Air Attack Leads Red Team to 24-7 Win

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[April 29, 2014]  NORMAL Quarterback Blake Winkler found receiver Cameron Meredith in the end zone for a pair of touchdowns as the Red team defeated the White team Saturday afternoon by a score of 24-7 in the annual Redbird Football Spring Showcase scrimmage at Hancock Stadium.

Winkler led a passing attack that collected 250-plus yards and accounted for three scores through the air during the hourlong scrimmage. Winkler finished his day completing 11-of-16 attempts with 251 yards and three touchdowns, with 119 of those yards and two touchdowns recorded by Meredith. Scott Kuehn also got into the action with a 31-yard touchdown late in the game from Winkler and finished with 67 yards on the day.

Both teams found yards on the ground hard to come by, as the defenses combined for 14 tackles for loss and three sacks in the game. James Graham led all rushers with 44 yards on 13 carries, and Collin Keoshian picked up 19 yards on five carries, as he split time carrying for both squads. Brian Frapolly scored the only touchdown of the game for the White squad, as he ran it in from 5 yards out and finished with 15 yards on seven carries.

Placekicker Nick Aussieker got things started in the scrimmage with a 40-yard field goal for the Red team to give it an early 3-0 lead, before Frapolly's touchdown run gave the White team a 7-3 advantage. From there, Winkler took over and threw three consecutive touchdown passes to end the scoring and secure the 24-7 win for the Red team.

Linebacker Pat Meehan led the White squad and all tacklers in the game with seven stops, including one for a loss. Davontae Harris added six stops for the White team, and Mike Banks picked up the only turnover of the day when he intercepted Winkler in the third quarter. Eric Kerr paced the action for the Red team with five tackles, two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. Alejandro Rivera and Will Pretty each added five stops for the Red squad as well, and Dalton Keane had a tackle for loss while splitting time on both rosters.

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Following the game, head coach Brock Spack and his staff presented the players with spring awards. Jamal Towns and Harris took home the offensive and defensive top newcomer honors, respectively. Marshaun Coprich and Teddy Corwin were presented the offensive and defensive most improved awards, respectively, and Meehan was tabbed as the team's hardest hitter as the winner of the Hammer Award. The Pitbull Award, given to the toughest and hardest-working players, was given to Mark Spelman and Dontae McCoy for the offense and defense, respectively.

The Redbirds will return to practice in August in preparation for the 2014 season, which will begin Sept. 6 at home against Mississippi Valley State. With seven home games on the schedule, fans will have plenty of opportunities to check out the newly renovated stadium and can purchase season ticket packages online now at GoRedbirds.com or by calling the ticket office at 309-438-8000.

[Text from news release received from Illinois State University]

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