MOREHEAD – The Morehead State University football team capped off its first full week of spring practice after spring break with a live scrimmage Saturday, and Coach Rob Tenyer was genuinely pleased with his team’s effort.
The offense generated five touchdowns, while the defense came up with three sacks. The team also put on a free youth clinic for area children following the scrimmage.
“Today was a solid first scrimmage,” Tenyer said. “I really feel like we did more good than bad. I’m sure that will change after I watch film. Most of the on-the-field mistakes today were practice four or five mistakes, not practice one or two. That means we’re comprehending some things. The energy was good, and we are starting to find some new playmakers on both sides of the football.”
Offensively, the unit got a pair of touchdowns by sophomore running back Brent Holman, along with scores from sophomore tight end Jake Sutherland and senior quarterback Austin Gahafer. Gahafer found the end zone on a scramble after he helped the offense march 75 yards in eight plays.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Ethan Jeffers also got in on the action, finding redshirt freshman slot receiver Jewan Grey for a scoring pass.
“I really liked how we started on offense,” said Tenyer. “We had a terrific opening drive, but we had some negative plays today, and that resulted in too many third and long situations. We rushed the ball well between the tackles today but must become more consistent on the perimeter. We also had zero turnovers, which is outstanding.”
After giving up the long drive early, the defense recorded three-and-out stops on three of the next four offensive series.
Redshirt junior linebacker Nick Wrightsel, redshirt junior lineman Dustin Casey and redshirt freshman lineman Jamil Butler notched sacks.
“The defense played well for the first scrimmage,” Tenyer said. “The defense limited the quick passing game, defended the perimeter run well, and only gave up one big pass play. (Junior linebacker) Ryan Bennett really stood out on defense today as he was flying around making a lot of plays. Our cornerbacks, (sophomore) Braylyn Cook, (redshirt freshman) Brandyn Duncan, and (junior) Dre Nuzam played well too. Dustin Casey and (junior lineman) Colt Briggs were productive at the ends. Our defensive front is in the process of a makeover, but our progress has been good.”
The Eagles will go through four more workouts before their next scrimmage on Saturday, April 9. Morehead State’s annual spring game is set for Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m.