(Above left) Senior tailback Shaud Williams is clearly one of the leaders on offense. His forty yards rushing led the team in yesterday's scrimmage. He scored two touchdowns on the ground. Williams also caught two passes for 13 yards.
Under the tutelage of Coach Dave Rader, quarterback Brodie Croyle is picking up the offense quickly. Yesterday he threw for 150 yards and three touchdowns on 10-of-18 passing. His longest completion went to Triandos Luke for 48 yards and a touchdown.
After sitting out last season, Antonio Carter isn't going to let mere pain keep him out of the lineup. Shrugging off the lingering after-effects of leg surgery, Carter caught three passes yesterday for 36 yards to lead the squad.
Of course little Brandon Brooks and newcomer Tyrone Prothro have sprinter speed, but senior wideout Triandos Luke is one of the fastest straight-ahead athletes on the team. He caught just one pass in Monday's scrimmage, but it went for 48 yards and a touchdown--good enough to lead all receivers in terms of receiving yardage.
Juwan Garth (shown stretching with the strength coaches) is battling for a starting job at weakside linebacker. His seven tackles led the squad yesterday. Garth also had a fumble recovery.
Anthony Bryant has apparently heard the talk that Ahmad Childress had a better spring than he did. The big defensive tackle had a very good scrimmage, totaling two tackles, one sack and a tackle for a loss.
So far at least, there are no real worries in regard to placekicking. Senior Kyle Robinson was a perfect 4-for-4 yesterday on field goals, including a 47-yarder. (NOTE: Robinson is wearing #43 this year)
With Antwan Odom sitting out the scrimmage, reserve Mark Anderson had a good day. The converted linebacker totaled three tackles and a sack.
Along with Garth, Demeco Ryans is after the weakside starting linebacker job. Yesterday he turned in five tackles, with one behind the line of scrimmage.
Brian Bostick is working at placekicking and kickoffs. He was also perfect yesterday, going 3-for-3 on field goals with a long of 47 yards.
Defensive linemen aren't supposed to be ready to play their first season, but Wallace Gilberry did very well in Monday's scrimmage. Gilberry totaled four tackles, one tackle behind the line of scrimmage and two quarterback sacks.
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