The Wofford College football team conducted the second scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday night at Gibbs Stadium. The eighty-play scrimmage with officials did not produce many big plays, however the offense and defense both looked strong at times.”It was not as sharp as I would have liked and there were a lot of penalties,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “I think our quarterbacks have made some progress and I think Stev has made a lot of progress. We have some receivers who can do a great job and the first offensive line is game-ready. The backs that we have that are healthy are doing a real good job. Defensively I think we have gotten a lot better just in awareness of where the football is.
“In this scrimmage we did not want to take anybody to the ground and the whole reason was we have had too many guys injured. The big thing we wanted was fast reps and speed so you can see the speed of the game. We worked on the kicking game and the basic mechanics of playing the game. I think overall you get eighty reps in on film, that is eighty good evaluations. It may not have turned out the way you wanted, but the bottom line is you can teach from things that went right and things that went wrong. Overall we have kids that play with effort and we are making progress.”
After a quick “off on the ball” segment, the five kickers all made PATs. The scrimmage began with the offense and defense running forty plays each in groups of ten. On the first offensive drive, Derek Boyce had a 15-yard run, Mitch Allen completed a 35-yard pass to Stephon Shelton and David Royster had a first down catch. Four of the five kickers made attempts from 37-yards to end the first segment. The defense then had a sack by Ameet Pall on their first segment of plays.
With the offense back on the field, Thomas Simmons had a 15-yard catch from Chris White, but Michael Roulhac also had a tackle for loss. The kickers then had two tries each from 42-yards, with Chris Tommie and Carter Stinman both hitting 2-for-2. Back on defense, Keaton Thompson and James Lane came up with interceptions.
The offense got the ball moving with a 25-yard pass from Mitch Allen to Brenton Bersin. Mike Rucker gained a first down, which was followed by a 14-yrd touchdown run by Michael Scott. Andrew Young added a 15-yard reception from Stev Davitte as well. With the defense on the field, Cody Van Der Linden had a tackle for loss, Jamar Reaves had a pass defense and Hunter Hobson came up with an interception off a deflection by Robert Williams.
The kickoff unit worked on the hands team for several repetitions before the defense took the field. In the final segment, Jordan Ingman intercepted a deep pass.
Players who were held out of the scrimmage due to injury were DE Mitch Clark, LB Mark Flott, HB Brad Nocek, OL Matt Vick, HB Alex Dunmire, WR Montae Monroe, LB Alvin Scioneaux, LB Phillip LeGrande, WR Justice Joslin and LB Sam Johnson.
After a day of meetings on Sunday, the team will practice twice on Monday, once on Tuesday and twice on Wednesday. Wednesday will be the last two-a-day of the preseason and will conclude with a scrimmage that evening. All practices are open to the public; however keep in mind that the schedule can change without notice.