Furman head coach Bobby Lamb’s critique of his squad’s Saturday afternoon scrimmage in Paladin Stadium matched the weather in which it was played: uninspired and dreary.
“We looked like a tired, dead-legged football team today, like one that had been practicing for two weeks,” said Lamb following the 75-play session that consumed almost two hours amid intermittent showers. “We had a couple of two-a-days this week, and they were on their feet a lot, so I think that had a lot to do with our lack of zip. We did get it going some near the end of practice and some guys made some plays, but overall it wasn’t very impressive.
“I was disappointed in the penalties and the fumbles, but everybody got to play. We’ll start narrowing it down now and concentrating on the A and B units to get ready for Colgate.”
Furman will kick off the season at home against the Red Raiders on Sept. 11.
The opening drive of the scrimmage ended with a fumble by Tersoo Uhaa that was recovered by nose tackle Pete Sanders. Uhaa fumbled a second time later in the scrimmage after being hit at the 1-yard line following a 14-yard run, the ball rolling out of the corner of the end zone for a touchback.
In addition to forcing two turnovers, the defense recorded a four sacks, with Chisom Onyeuku, Brandon Boykin, Mitch McGrath, and Colton Keig notching the takedowns.
The offense scored twice in the regular portion of the scrimmage, with reserve quarterback Bryan Hayes connecting with walk-on wide receiver Carson Parker on a 50-yard touchdown strike, and backup signal caller Cody Worley drilling a 19-yard strike to Tyler Maples.
The offense finished off the scrimmage with solid work in a goal line situation, scoring all five times after the ball was placed at the 3-yard line. Jerry Williams tallied twice, pushing in on 3 and 2-yard bursts, respectively. Chris Forcier scored on a 3-yard option keeper around left end, and Uhaa had a 1-yard touchdown plunge. Quarterback Dakota Derrick connected with Colin Anderson on a 3-yard scoring toss.
Uhaa led all rushers with 11 carries for 61 yards, and Williams had four rushes for 43 yards.
Forcier completed 2-of-4 passes for 29 yards, while Worley connected on 3-of-5 attempts for 35 yards and a touchdown.
Hayes led all passers, going 2-for-2 for 67 yards and a score.
Parker had four catches for 67 yards, and Maples had three receptions for 48 yards and a TD.
The Paladins will have Sunday off before returning to the practice field on Monday at 2:30 p.m.