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ISU spring football report
Newby the pearl of second scrimmage     Send a link to a friend

[APRIL 19, 2004]  NORMAL -- Sophomore Earl Newby rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries Sunday afternoon at Hancock Stadium to lead all performers at the Illinois State football team's second spring scrimmage.

Newby grounded out a 47-yard touchdown run and followed it up a few plays later with a 14-yard scamper for a score. In addition to Newby, redshirt freshman Kyle Hill led the receivers with seven catches for 102 yards, while senior quarterback Yance Vaughan passed for 215 yards and a touchdown on 18-for-32 passing to lead the Redbird offense.

Despite the better offensive numbers from the first scrimmage, head coach Denver Johnson felt the 155-play scrimmage lacked intensity -- on both sides of the ball.

"I was actually a little disappointed. I didn't think we were very sharp," Johnson said. "We weren't as crisp as I wanted us to be getting in and out of the huddle, getting to the line of scrimmage, and putting the ball in play. I didn't feel like we pursued very well on defense. We have some deficits (on defense) too."

Senior cornerback Antwan Oliver started the defense on the right foot by intercepting a Jordan Borowicz pass and returning it 32 yards for a touchdown. Later in the scrimmage, Oliver picked off a John Braddock pass for his second interception. The Redbird defense, which racked up 17 sacks in the first scrimmage of the spring, mustered only a Niall Campbell sack on Sunday.

Even with his disappointment, Johnson is positive that the Redbirds will be able to learn from this scrimmage.

"On the surface, I thought it was a productive scrimmage. We got a lot of plays in and got a lot of things on film that we want to evaluate off of and turn around and teach off of," Johnson said. "But, I would be less than honest if I said I was satisfied with the level of our performance. I very disappointed with both sides of the ball."


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With a first-and-goal situation from the nine, the Redbird offense broke the plane twice when sophomore wideout Laurént Robinson swept left on a reverse for a 9-yard touchdown run. Two plays later, redshirt freshman Tristan Borzick plowed up the middle for nine yards and the score.

Other offensive touchdowns included a 13-yard screen pass from Vaughan to senior tailback Demetrus Johnson and an 18-yard pass from Borowicz to Jonathan Deloach.

Sunday's scrimmage also started the final week of spring camp for the 'Birds. The Redbirds will return to the field on Thursday and Friday for a pair of 3:30 p.m. practices, before taking the field for the final time this spring on Saturday for the annual Red-White spring game. That contest will kick off at 2:30 p.m.

Spring scrimmage statistics, April 18

Rushing -- Earl Newby 14-131, Victor Arlis 19-72, Demetrus Johnson 10-69, Tristan Borzick 13-27, Chaas Collins 9-22, B.J. McCaslin 4-14, Yance Vaughan 2-14, Mike Larson 3-7, Laurént Robinson 2-7, John Braddock 4-6, Brian Busser 1-4, Kevin Kreger 1-2, Jordan Borowicz 3-minus 3

Passing -- Yance Vaughan 18-32-0-215, Jordan Borowicz 11-15-1-136, B.J. McCaslin 7-13-0-57, John Braddock 2-10-1-20

Receiving -- Kyle Hill 7-102, Laurént Robinson 6-98, Avery Massengale 6-62, Earl Newby 4-41, Brian Busser 4-20, Marcus Hayden 3-34, Demetrus Johnson 3-26, Jonathan Deloach 2-36, Mike Larson 1-4, Jake Weber 1-3, Victor Arlis 1-2

Sacks -- Niall Campbell 1

Interceptions -- Antwan Oliver 2

[Todd Kober, director of athletics media relations,
Illinois State University]

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