Football preseason camp: Scrimmage #2

Aug. 25, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The rain stayed away and the sun crept up through the skyline to see the JU football team squeeze in their final scrimmage of the 2006 season, Friday morning at D.B. Milne Field, after rain and lightning postponed the game on Thursday. The offense scored two touchdowns and did not commit a turnover but the defense dominated in the early stages. The following is some highlights and quotes from Scrimmage #2:

Statistically, junior quarterback Chris Horton looked sharp after completing 10-of-12 passes for 149 yards. Sophomore running back Cecil Coltrane led the squad on the ground with 49 yards on nine carries. Senior running backs Jerry Brant (9-23) and Bryan Gamble (4-21) each recorded a touchdown for the offense. Sophomore receiver Geavon Tribble led the unit with two catches for 65 yards, while juniors Nate Conner and Michael Jenner and freshman Sam Bell each caught two passes.

On defense, junior defensive end Sean Heverin led the squad with five tackles and two sacks while senior nose guard Ryan Young also tallied five tackles and a sack. Junior linebacker Joey Rumph and freshman defensive lineman Austin Knipp also recorded a sack. Sophomore linebacker Tyler Thomas had a quarterback pressure.

"I like the effort we had out here after having to change the schedule and come back out at dawn," said JU head coach Steve Gilbert. "We showed improvement on each side of the ball and now we will turn our focus to Gardner-Webb. I'm sure these guys are looking forward to lining up against someone else right now."

The defense held the offense scoreless through 11 drives, including six series that only went three plays. The offense got on the board with a two- yard run by Gamble after Horton set up the play with a 45-yard strike to a sliding Tribble. On Horton's next drive, he went 2-for-2 for 50 yards while Brant rushed times for 18 yards before scoring on a three- yard scamper.

Key Dates:

August 31 - JU Insider with Barry Milligan at 6 p.m.
September 2 - First game vs. Gardner-Webb at 12:30 p.m.