Report from Furman Sports Information….
Furman head coach Bobby Lamb put his squad through a 47-play scrimmage in Paladin Stadium Saturday afternoon to cap the Paladins’ first full week of preseason camp.
“We looked a little dead-legged and slow out there today, but I thought the effort was pretty good after seven straight days of work,” said Lamb following the nearly two-hour practice. “I think we will benefit from the off day (Sunday) and come back strong to start next week.”
The scrimmage featured a mix of solid and sloppy play on both sides of the football. The offense accounted for three touchdowns but turned the ball over three times with two fumbles and an interception.
A number of defensive starters sat out the scrimmage, including defensive ends Shaun Van Rensburg (foot) and Kyle McKinney (knee), rover Max Lerner (concussion), and bandit Julian Hicks, who was attending a funeral. Offensively tailback Mike Brown (ankle) was held out of action after being sidelined in Friday evening’s practice.
Despite the absence of several veterans, a number of players stepped up with fine play, including tight end Chris Truss, who caught three passes, including a 50-yard reception from quarterback Jordan Sorrells that set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Tersoo Uhaa.
“I thought Chris had a good day, and Tersoo Uhaa looked good with the ball under his arm.” Fullback Cardenal Coleman capped another possesion with a 2-yard scoring run off right guard.
Among the players earning mention were free safeties Nathan Wade and Matthew Gordon, and lineabckers Rick Furman and Matt Solomon.
Wade and Gordon are battling for the starting job vacated by the graduation of All-Southern Conference performer Thomas Twitty.
The Paladins return to the field on Monday for two practices, scheduled for 8:15 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.