From Wofford Sports Information:
The Wofford football team took to the field on Saturday morning for the second scrimmage of spring practice. Overall the team ran approximately 70 plays, plus worked on special teams during the two hours on the field. Following the scrimmage the team celebrated the 2010 season at the annual football banquet.
“I think overall we were okay today,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “We put in some new plays yesterday and some of the young kids are not there mentally yet. I think the first drive offensively was really good. I thought defensively we played okay. The best thing we did was when we had the big play on offense, the defense responded and came up with the stop. There was give and take and there was good and bad, but the best thing is we will have 70 plays to look at on film to see how far we have come.”
In the first group of plays, the offense proved successful in running the ball, picking up three first downs. A 24-yard reception by Jeff Ashley from Mitch Allen put the ball at the one-yard line, where Donovan Johnson ran it in for the score. On field goals, Christian Reed hit all four attempts.
Mike Crawford caught a 25-yard pass from Chris White for a first down, but a tackle for loss by Mike McCrimon ended the second series of plays. On the third group of plays, Alvin Scioneaux came up with a tackle for loss on a reverse. The team worked on punting, kickoff return and kickoff coverage between periods.
Chris White broke free on a 55-yard run to open the fourth series, but Jamar Reaves came up with an interception to end the scoring chance. Philip LeGrande added a tipped pass and Ameet Pall had a tackle for loss on defense, while Lavadrick Farrar and Bryan Youman each had first down runs. James Zotto used his strength to take a pass away from the receiver for an interception. In the final series, Zotto came up big again with his second interception of the day. Donovan Johnson answered for the offense with a 50-yard run, but the defense prevented a touchdown.
At the banquet, numerous awards were presented. The Freshmen of the Year were Donovan Johnson (offense) and Mike McCrimon and James Zotto (defense). Position awards were as follows: Mike Rucker (special teams), Tommy Irvin (defensive backs), Mike Niam (linebackers), Brenton Bersin (wide receivers), Pat Illig (offensive line), Eric Breitenstein (offensive backs), and Eric Eberhardt and Ameet Pall were the defensive linemen of the year. The team’s academic award was presented to Mitch Allen, who was also named to Phi Beta Kappa last week. Eric Breitenstein was named the team’s Most Valuable Player.
Wofford will conclude practice this week with practices on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Each practice will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. on the practice fields.