ISU spring football report
Reserves get extra work
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[APRIL 19, 2004]
NORMAL -- Head
coach Denver Johnson extended the team period Friday to give
Illinois State's second and third teams some extra reps during the
10th practice session of the spring campaign, as the 'Birds worked
24 periods in full pads at Hancock Stadium.
Before the extended period the Redbird
offense took their crack at first downs inside the defense's 10-yard
line. The offense had its way, scoring repeatedly on the ground and
through the air. Johnson was happy with his offense's success rate
but not with how the defense responded.
"I was happy with the offense, but I
was disappointed with our defense down there," Johnson said. "I
thought they were a little sluggish. It wasn't really a true goal
line situation with it being first down on the eight, and we don't
have our goal line personnel with (Steve) Statz and (Clint) Keller
both being hurt. It was a goal line situation, but it was a
With the ball moved 70 yards from the
end zone, the Redbird offense again focused its attack against the
Redbird defense during the extended team scrimmage. The matchup
pitted ISU reserves against each other, and the defense rebounded as
senior cornerback Evan Allen-Gessesse picked off Jordan Borowicz's
pass on a fly pattern. Johnson wanted the reserves to get some extra
time on the job.
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"We went a little longer on the team
period with the younger guys," Johnson said. "We wanted to have a
chance to get some reps for them on film. We took our No. 1 offense
and our No. 1 defense out of it and wanted to get a little extra
work in for those younger guys. We got several guys in there that
need to get every rep that they can."
State was scheduled for a light workout Saturday morning before the
second scrimmage of the spring camp on Sunday.
[Todd Kober, director of
athletics media relations,