Offense shines at ETSU’s first fall scrimmage


JOHNSON CITY, TN- The ETSU football team held its first scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday morning at the CPA Practice Fields.

Below are some key stats from Saturday’s scrimmage.

DEFENSE
• Sophomore linebacker Dylan Weigel (Pickerington, Ohio) led the defense with six tackles (one for loss)
• Red-shirt freshman defensive end Nasir Player (Columbia, S.C.) had five tackles (three for loss) and three sacks
• Freshman linebacker Colton Lakes (Loveland, Ohio) had five tackles (one for loss), one sack, one interception and one forced fumble
• Senior defensive back Ryan Powers (Jupiter, Fla.) recorded four tackles
• Junior defensive back Daren Ardis (Bradenton, Fla.) finished with two tackles and a pass break up
• Sophomore linebacker Austin Gatewood (Ooltewah, Tenn.) ended with two tackles and one sack
• Freshman defensive back Jeremy Lewis (Lawrenceville, Ga.) totaled two tackles and a fumble recovery
• Red-shirt freshman defensive end Jason Maduafokwa (Seymour, Tenn.) registered one sack
• Junior defensive lineman Royce Turnbull (Charlotte, N.C.) had three tackles (two for a loss) and one sack

OFFENSE

Passing
• Sophomore Austin Herink (Cleveland, Tenn.) was 5-for-9 with 110 yards passing and one touchdown; Herink also had two rushes for 15 yards
• Sophomore Nick Sexton (Seymour, Tenn.) went 7-of-15 with 75 yards, one touchdown and one interception
• Red-shirt freshman Dylan Wieger (Kingsport, Tenn.) was 9-for-16 with 69 yards

Rushing
• Sophomore running back Matt Thompson (Morristown, Tenn.) led the Bucs with 10 rushes for 53 yards and one touchdown
• Red-shirt freshman wide receiver Jack Shoulders (Nashville, Tenn.) rushed for a 17-yard touchdown; Shoulders also had one reception for nine yards
• As a unit, ETSU’s running backs rushed for 139 yards on 34 carries with two touchdowns

Receiving
• Junior wide receiver Vincent Lowe (Chesapeake, Va.) had a 60-yard touchdown reception on the opening drive
• Sophomore tight end Justin Gilliam (Jonesville, Va.) caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Sexton
• Wide receivers Kobe Kelley (Knoxville, Tenn.), Braxton Richburg (Hoschton, Ga.), Hunter Wike (Canton, N.C.), Caleb Woody (Maryville, Tenn.) and Isaiah Gilmore (Seymour, Tenn.) all two receptions
• In total, 16 players finished with at least one reception, while the Buccaneer receivers totaled 21 catches for 254 yards and two touchdowns

The Bucs return to practice on Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m., while their next scrimmage is on Thursday, Aug. 18. The scrimmage begins at 2 p.m., and will be held at the CPA Practice Fields.

Courtesy: East Tennessee State Athletics

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