The Citadel Football team scrimmaged for two hours on Saturday afternoon in front of hundreds of fans at the Maybank Triplets Practice Facility at Willson Field.
Following the scrimmage, the team hosted their annual “Meet the Bulldogs” at McAlister Field House where fans got the chance to meet the 2011 squad and pick up magnets and posters for the upcoming season.
The team worked out in muggy conditions in the upper-80’s under partly cloudy skies as the Bulldogs prepare for the season-opener against Jacksonville on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. at Johnson Hagood Stadium.
The class of 2015 filled the sidelines as both Cadets and fans looked on and cheered from nearby bleachers. Refreshments were available and players gathered in McAlister Field House following the scrimmage for an autograph session.
No official stats were kept in Saturday’s scrimmage and no significant injuries reported. The Citadel returns to the practice field on Monday afternoon at 3:15 p.m.
Tickets are still available in The Citadel ticket office for the evening matchup against the Dolphins and for the entire 2011 season, featuring six home contests. For more ticket information, call the ticket office at (843) 953-DOGS (3647).
A full photo gallery of today’s scrimmage and event can be seen here.
South Carolina State held its second preseason football scrimmage Saturday, along with its annual “Meet the Players Day and Fan Fest” at Willie Jeffries Field of Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.
The Bulldog offense, opposed to the defense, had a big day behind the direction of quarterbacks Derrick Wiley and Richard Cue, who directed several scoring drives. The SC State receivers also had a big day as did the running backs on a day when the offense clearly outplayed the usually vaunted defense.
“Things certainly were a little different today,” said Bulldog head coach Buddy Pough, referring to the play of the SC State offense. It was kind of a tough deal for the defense, which is usually ahead of the offense, but it was a different approach today. We have some things we have to clean up on defense.”
Pough did acknowledge, however, that the SC State first-team defense was pretty solid for most of the scrimmage, which he and his staff were using as a final measure to establish the team depth chart.
The Bulldogs also devoted some time to special teams, including punting punt returns, kickoffs and kickoff returns and field goals.
Following the scrimmage, SC State fans and supporters got a chance to meet the most of the Bulldog teams, which were introduced during Meet the Players Day and Fan Fest. Four teams – football, volleyball and men’s and women’s tennis – were presented their MEAC Championship rings during the event.
Fans attending also got a chance to take pictures, obtain autographs and have dinner with the football and other teams.
SC State, which opens its season against Central Michigan in 11 days, will conduct a light, one-hour practice on Sunday, beginning at 5 p.m.
Exactly two weeks to go before the season opener, the Wofford football team took part in a scrimmage on Saturday night at Gibbs Stadium. The first team offense looked sharp, while the defense made big plays later in the night.
“We made some progress and the kids flew around,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “Looking at them I think we are in pretty good shape. We did some good things and had some big plays. We had some missed tackles, but that can be expected two weeks into it. I liked the intensity and I liked the way the guys played. I think on that first drive Mitch Allen was great. He snuck one pass route in there and had operated the run game well. We have some guys that can make some plays. The big thing that we have to do is work on the little things and attention to detail. I like where we are at right now, but we have miles to go.”
The scrimmage began with the team going through a typical pregame routine, which was followed by six plays from the ten yard line, on which Eric Breitenstein scored once. Both Christian Reed and Kasey Redfern then made three PATs each.
After punt and kickoff segments, the first team offense took the field. Joseph Inman and Brenton Bersin each had catches, which was followed by a 30-yard completion from Mitch Allen to Jeff Ashley. Brad Nocek scored on a two-yard touchdown run to end the drive.
Brian Kass took over at quarterback for the next series. A sack by Josh Roseborough backed the offense up and Travis Thomas tipped a pass at the line. With Chris White at the helm, the defense came up with a tackle for loss by Mike McCrimon on a reverse and a batted pass by E.J. Speller. However White found Montae Monroe down the sidelines for a 50-yard touchdown reception to cap the series.
Following kickoff return, James Lawson was in at quarterback. Tarek Odom came up with a fumble recovery during the series. Michael Weimer took the final series and Lavadrick Farrar had a 25-yard run. Zach Muller added a sack for the defense. On field goal attempts from 45-yard, Kasey Redfern made one of two tries, while Christian Reed missed both attempts.
Rain and lightning moved into the area which forced an early end to the scrimmage afterthe field goal attempts. The team only was able to get in 53 plays before calling it a night.
Eleven players were held out of the Saturday scrimmage, most for precautionary reasons. Linebacker James Lane was injured during the scrimmage and his status will be updated later in the week.
After an off day on Sunday, the team will have two practices on Monday, one on Tuesday and the final two-a-day on Wednesday. The second practice on Wednesday at 6 p.m. will be the final scrimmage of camp. The 2011 season begins with a road trip on September 3 at Presbyterian College.
Furman’s offense struggled to find consistency in Saturday morning’s scrimmage, leaving the defense to claim the majority of big plays and only touchdowns in the hour and a half session in Paladin Stadium.
“We’re up and down right now, making some progress in some areas and trying to work on the things where we need to get better,” said head coach Bruce Fowler.
The offensive struggles led to some big plays by the defense, including a pair of fumble returns for touchdowns and two interceptions.
Junior All-Southern Conference defensive end Josh Lynn collected a fumble and returned it 46 yards for the first touchdown of the scrimmage. Later, freshman defensive end John Mackey scooped up another fumble and ran 10 yards before pitching it to defensive tackle Cody Reynolds, who then raced 55 yards for the second defensive score.
Ray Early converted 2-of-4 field goals, missing from 27 yards following a bad snap and hitting the right upright on a 47-yard effort. He converted tries from 41 and 47 yards.
Of Furman’s top two quarterbacks Chris Forcier fashioned the best performance, completing 8-of-16 passes for 72 yards while rushing four times for 29 yards. Dakota Derrick completed 5-of-11 pass attempts for 25 yards. He was intercepted twice, first by cornerback Ryan Steed on the session’s first series, and later by cornerback Austin Williams.
Third team tailback Tanner Skogen saw the most action by the running backs, running 15 times for 105 yards, including a 47-yard run off an option pitch.
The Presbyterian College football team held its annual Fan Day at Bailey Memorial Stadium on Saturday, featuring a strong turnout and a competitive scrimmage.
The day began at 9 a.m. as fans chatted with players and coaches while members of the Blue Hose autographed schedule posters and magnets. The Kid’s Zone Fun Zone offered inflatable castles and games as well as a professional face painter and balloon artist while the Carolina Choo-Choo Train chugged its way through the stadium concourse.
After a performance by the PC Blue Hose cheerleaders and an a capella rendition of the PC fight song from Head Coach Harold Nichols and the football team, the Blue Hose headed into the locker room to prepare for the 20th practice of the season-a scrimmage on the field at Bailey.
The team led off with punting and kicking drills before the offense set up at its own 35-yard line. PC’s defense held its ground early, guided by tackles from Josh Polk (Lithonia, Ga.) and Kyle Sharman (Redondo Beach, Calif.).
Running backs Seth Moreland (Conway, S.C.) and Lance Byrd (Jacksonville, Fla.) helped move the team to the defense’s 28-yard line where quarterback Brandon Miley (Wilmington, N.C.) took over. Miley delivered a perfect spiral to a leaping Jeremiah McKie (Simpsonville, S.C.) in the corner of the end zone for the day’s first score.
McKie emerged as one of PC’s brightest spots on Saturday. Midway through the practice, the freshman receiver hauled in a 32-yard pass that set up a touchdown run from Lance Byrd on the next play. Eight yards away from paydirt, Byrd ran up the gut and powered through a defender to cross the goal line.
After McKie’s touchdown grab, the defense stymied the offense by breaking up passes and keeping rushes short. Cedric Byrd (Tyrone, Ga.) and LJ Perry (Augusta, Ga.) made several plays on consecutive possessions and Rickey Floyd (Jacksonville, Fla.) delivered a key tackle on a third-down pass from Chad Sanders (St. Simons Island, Ga.) after the offense began a possession on the defense’s 35.
On third and four during the next possession, Cory White (Anderson, S.C.) ripped the ball away from a receiver in midair for the only interception of the practice.
The offense and Miley struck again shortly after the interception. Facing second and eight on the defense’s 33-yard line, Miley found Patrick McKoy (Fayetteville, N.C.) in the middle of the field and McKoy did the rest, sprinting and juking all the way for a touchdown.
After Byrd’s rushing score, the team sent up for punt practice. Big South Conference all-time leading kick blocker Justin Bethel (Blythewood, S.C.) proved why he holds the record on the first punt, breaking up the play and taking the ball in for a touchdown.
The Blue Hose then practiced its hurry-up offense with a four-minute drill, highlighted by a Demarcus Rouse (North Augusta, S.C.) 44-yard scamper that was part of a 62-yard performance on the ground from Rouse on the possession.
The scrimmage wrapped up in one-minute and minute-and-a-half drills. The defense held strong as Donelle Williams (Starke, Fla.) recorded two sacks and CeeJay Harris (Long Beach, Calif.) and Isaiah Lynn (Fort Lawn, S.C.) each broke up a pass.
PC will resume practice this week as the team prepares for its season opener against Wofford on Saturday, September 3. The game is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. at Bailey Memorial Stadium.