Defensive Wins First Scrimmage Of The Fall

By: Michigan State University
By: Michigan State University

First preseason scrimmage conducted Sunday, Aug. 12 on the grass practice fields behind the Duffy Daugherty Football Building . . . 2 1/2 hour scrimmage featured 130 plays from scrimmage (148 plays total with kicking) . . . defense (White) won the scrimmage, 90-67.

Stat Leaders
Rushing: Ashton Leggett (7 rushes for 64 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown run on the second-to-last series): Javon Ringer (7 for 35, including runs of 11 and 14 yards).

Passing (Att-Comp-Int): Brian Hoyer (20-7-2 for 113 yards, including 14-yard TD toss to Jeff McPherson); Nick Foles (17-10-1 for 93 and 2 TDs/TD tosses of 6 yards to Ryan Allison and 2 yards to McPherson); Kirk Cousins (12-5-0 for 35).

Receiving: B.J. Cunningham (3 catches for 35 yards); Mark Dell (3 for 34); Jeff McPherson (2 for 16 and 2 TDs).

Defensive Highlights: Otis Wiley (5 tackles, including a sack, and two interceptions); Eric Gordon (8 tackles, including 3.5 for losses of 21 yards); Travis Key (5 tackles and 7-yard fumble return for a touchdown).

Comments from head coach Mark Dantonio:
“We saw some guys making plays on both sides of the football. The defense made some athletic plays and came up with some turnovers.

“Offensively, Javon Ringer looked very good early before we pulled him, but he’s obviously a difference-maker. Brian Hoyer looked very sharp early. Some of the younger guys opened some eyes today, especially at the skill positions. For example, Mark Dell made some nice plays down field.

“I think some guys definitely made strides today, but it’s tough to get a true evaluation until I get the opportunity to watch the film. We scrimmaged for two-and-a-half hours and there were no delay-of-game penalties. We had a couple of off-sides and some jumps, but there weren’t many flags even with the full officiating crew. The players did a good job from a penalties standpoint.

“We had an opportunity to get a lot of work for Nick Foles and Kirk Cousins with the ones and twos, which is something we must do. Nick played pretty well and looked sharp throwing the football, and Kirk made some athletic moves to avoid the pass rush. Both guys were limited in terms of what they were asked to do today, but we asked them to take charge and I thought they both did a nice job.”


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