SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012
Plenty to like in JU spring game
As spring drills wind down, the JU football team has much to look forward to based on Saturday’s spring game at D.B. Milne Field.
The Dolphins saw several players, including all four quarterbacks who are vying for the starting job, and a sophomore tight end reach eyebrow-raising levels of play.
Freshman Steven Hughes found roommate Andrew Robustelli on an 11-yard pass with 4:25 to play giving the White team a 39-35 win over the Green in the spring wrap up.
Hughes, from Palm Bay, Fla., ended a six-play, 62-yard drive for the game winner that capped a White comeback and ended his day going 15 of 22 for 213 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Robustelli, a sophomore tight end, had three touchdown catches, including the last two scores for his team, on the day as he had seven receptions for 196 yards. Included were touchdown catches of 70 and 47 yards.
The Green team moved to a 21-3 first quarter lead via two touchdown runs from quarterback Kade Bell and a 14-yard scoring pass from freshman Ryan Walker to Brion Youngs.
Bell, who along with Hughes is involved in a four-way battle for the starting job, was 16-for-31 for 193 yards and a touchdown pass and had two interceptions and lost two fumbles.
After the White team fell behind early and was down 28-17 at the half, it outscored the Green 22-7 in the final half as quarterback Trevious Folston ran in for a score then threw a td pass to Robustelli before the game winner.
“You’ve got to play the whole game,’’ coach Kerwin Bell said. “I thought the Green team came out and played really well early then the White team stayed in it. That’s what we’ve got to develop as a team, that White team mentality. They just kept battling back, battling back.’’
Folston was 11 of 19 for 158 yards and Walker ended 11 of 19 for 135 yards and the scoring toss to Youngs.
Adrian Riley led all receivers with nine catches for 120 yards and a touchdown and Keith Dawson led all rushers with 98 yards on 21 carries. Running back Johnnie Hicks had 81 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown.
Bell said the quarterback race is just getting started.
“It’s going to go into the fall,’’ he said. “Through all the stats in the spring I thought that Kade and Steven were the most productive and that’s what I’m looking for. They can move around and make plays. Trevious got hurt and miss seven or eight days which put him behind a little and Ryan played well when he got his opportunities. He was the dark horse going in and we weren’t expecting much but he has played pretty well. Right now we feel good about a lot of them.’’