DELAWARE'S SPRING GAME RECAP
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware offense struck for five touchdowns in the second half to highlight action at the annual Blue-White Spring Scrimmage on a cool and clear night Friday at Delaware Stadium.
The game, which used a modified scoring system that rewarded the offense (Blue team) for Touchdowns, field goals, and first downs and the defense (White team) for turnovers caused and changes of possession, resulted in the Blue team posting an 86-56 victory. The scrimmage featured situations that began drives on various yard lines throughout the nearly two-hour scrimmage that was played before a crowd of approximately 4,000.
Nearly 200 former Blue Hen players returned and joined the the day's festivities, which included a golf outing and barbecue, and a pre-game Fandemonium event in front of Delaware Stadium that featured games, live entertainment, pre-game and post-game autograph sessions, and a dunk tank.
The offense overcame a 40-30 halftime deficit by scoring five touchdowns in the second half, getting two scoring strikes from senior starting quarterback Pat Devlin and rushing touchdowns from sophomore running back David Hayes, redshirt freshman running back Walter Davis, and redshirt freshman backup quarterback Trevor Sasek.
"It was a beautiful night," said Delaware head coach K.C. Keeler. "Having our former players return and meet our team prior to the game has a big impact on our kids. I thought we got a lot done tonight and during the entire spring, our kids got better, and I like what we have heading into the fall. We wanted to run the ball downhill and be more physical on offense and think we really came along in those areas. I was happy with the job our running backs did tonight, Pat was smooth, and Trevor did a great job running the ball. We also have six or seven receivers and we are excited about having Philip Thaxton in that group. We preach turnovers to our defense and we got a few of them tonight and we tackled hard."
Devlin, who led the Colonial Athletic Association in passing yards and total offense a year ago when the Hens went 6-5, completed 14 of 20 passes for 230 yards and threw scoring strikes of 50 yards to Bobby Russo and 32 yards to Nihja White. White finished with four catches for 79 yards while Russo hauled in four catches for 70 yards.
Sasek led all rushers with 76 yards on seven carries, including a game-high 58-yard romp, while Hayes finished with 66 yards on eight carries and freshman Andrew Pierce added 53 yards on the ground. Junior kicker Mike Perry led the special teams with field goals of 22 and 24 yards that counted in the scoring total and two other successful kicks in plays that did not count in the point total.
Defensively, senior cornerback Tyrone Perry and junior safety Jay Pena each intercepted passes while senior defensive tackle Justin Johnson and redshirt freshman defensive tackle Bobby Kennedy each recovered fumbles.
Junior linebacker Andrew Harrison posted a game-high eight tackles while Pena, sophomore safety Tim Breaker, and senior linebacker Benard Makumbi all recorded seven stops apiece. Makumbi posted two of the four quarterback sacks during the game.
Keeler also announced following the game that Grant, Devlin, and sixth-year defensive end/linebacker Matt Marcorelle have been named tri-captains for the 2010 season. Marcorelle will serve as team captain for the fourth time in his career.
RHODE ISLAND'S SPRING GAME RECAP
KINGSTON, R.I. - Senior quarterback Chris Paul-Etienne threw
for 177 yards though the air to lead the Blue Team past the White Team, 24-7 in
the Rhode Island football annual spring game Saturday afternoon at Meade
Defensively, the Blue Team got a lift from redshirt freshman safety David Zocco as he picked off a pair of passes in the first half. Zocco returned his first interception 55 yards to the endzone to give the Blue team a 7-0 lead.
Zocco's second interception stopped the White Team's scoring drive, which began deep in the Blue Team's territory (26 yard-line) after red-shirt freshman Robert Hinds blocked a punt.
The Blue Team found the endzone again in the second quarter thanks to a nine-play, 73-yard drive, which made the score 14-0. The key play on the drive was a 38-yard pass play from Paul-Etienne to sophomore wide receiver Billy Morgan. Sophomore running back Ellis Foster capped the drive with a three-yard touchdown run.
Morgan, who transferred from Hofstra over the offseason finished the afternoon with six reception for 100 yards.
The White Team got on the board just before halftime thanks to 37-yard field goal by junior Louis Feinstein. Feinstein would later cut the Blue Team's lead to six as he hit a 19-yard field in the third quarter.
The Blue Team responded as it scored the final 10 points of the game, including its second offensive touchdown.
Senior Michael Okunfolami plowed in from four yards out, which capped a nine-play drive and made the score 24-6. Paul-Etienne went 4-of-5 on the Blue Team's final scoring drive, completing passes to three different receivers.
Senior running back Anthony Ferrer led the way for the White Team as he totaled 117 yards of offense (80 rushing, 37 receiving). White Team quarterback Steve Probst also chipped in with 102 yards passing.
Following the game junior cornerback Devon Dace and sophomore offensive lineman Matt Greenhalgh were selected as the most improved defensive and offensive players of spring practice, respectively.
Rhode Island football head coach Joe Trainer and the Rhody football team will host a bone marrow registry drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 29 on the URI student quad.
The Rams open the 2010 campaign at Buffalo on Thursday, Sept. 2 when they travel to Buffalo. URI opens its home season on Sept. 11 against New Hampshire.