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
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."
[to top of second column in
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.
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
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,