Apr 24, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT
James Madison Wraps Up Spring Practices With Cold, Wet Scrimmage
|James Madison’s Hykeem Brodie|
The James Madison football team concluded its 2011 spring practices with a 45-play scrimmage on Friday, April 22 in the cold rain in Harrisonburg.
|James Madison’s Lee Reynolds|
In 45-degree weather, the Dukes went through most of a normal practice prior to a live scrimmage. Dealing with rain, the offense still managed to have some success moving the football behind quarterbacks Justin Thorpe and Jace Edwards. The team also worked a little on the kicking game, with Cameron Starke and Graham Sharples each hitting their pair of field goal attempts.There were several quality plays on the defensive side as well, including a pair of well-noticed plays by Corey Dixon.
|JMU’s Jace Edwards|
The Dukes will open the 2011 season in Chapel Hill, N.C., taking on Football Bowl Subdivision opponent North Carolina on Sept. 3. Madison will then open the renovated Bridgeforth Stadium on Sat., Sept. 10, hosting Central Connecticut State.
White Jerseys Take Home Win As Old Dominion Closes Out Its Spring Season
|ODU quarterback Thomas Demarco (credit: Daily Press)|
Corner Aaron Evans, who as a true freshman made 13 total stops last season, led the defense for the white jerseys with a team-leading four solo tackles in the seven segment spring game, including an interception in the end zone robbing teammate Prentice Gill of a touchdown for the offense.
Also giving the defense points on the scoreboard was an 11-yard interception return by linebacker Michael Colbert.
In all, the defense had four sacks – made by nose guard Alex Johnson, linebacker Craig Wilkins, strong safety Devon Simmons, and defensive end Edmon McClam. McClam had one solo sack and one assisted sack for a total of nine yards. Wilkins, who is among the top returning Monarch defenders in tackles for loss last fall, had a seven yard sack.
|Big Blue took in the 2011 ODU Spring Game|
Offensively, quarterback Thomas DeMarco finished the game completing 13 of his 25 passes for 146 yards. On the receiving end, rising junior Nick Mayers had five catches for 43 yards and rising redshirt freshman Antonio Vaughan caught three passes for 31 yards.
On the ground, Angus Harper led the running backs with six carries for 16 yards, while rising sophomore Rashad Manley ran the ball six times for 10 yards.
|ODU’s Aaron Evans takes one away from Prentice Gil|
The offenses’ points came from kicker Jarod Brown who connected on a 46-yard field goal attempt.
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