Pirates Offer Balanced Look In First Scrimmage
April 10, 2016 - Finding Carter
GREENVILLE, N.C. (ECU Media Relations) – East Carolina’s initial full open struggle underneath a sharp eye of conduct manager Scottie Montgomery featured copiousness of change on Bagwell Field inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday night. Big plays and potency in a redzone highlighted a descent production, while turnovers and a unchanging sip of stops on third down keyed a defensive effort.
The tranquil contest, that was played in breezy conditions with cold unseasonal temperatures, consisted of approximately 60 plays. In further to a normal possession format, a Pirates also conducted segments that usually emphasized redzone and third down situational work.
“I suspicion it was good, in fact, during times it was great,” Montgomery said. “We had some good defensive bid and good descent effort. You like to see us not spin a round over, though defensively we like to see a approach we went after a football. We had some guys make large plays offensively.”
ECU combined a apart turn of change on that side of a round by rushing for 128 yards and flitting for 124 to beget 252 yards of sum offense – an normal of 4.1 per play.
Quarterbacks Kurt Benkert and Philip Nelson continued to share reps, mixing on a 12-of-26 flitting performance. Each led their particular squads to a span of touchdowns and dual margin goals.
Benkert, who started a foe by engineering a five-play, 65-yard scoring march, was seven-of-12 for 98 yards and dual scores. He connected with Trevon Brown on a 25-yarder before anticipating Quay Johnson on a 19-yarder during redzone work.
Nelson shook off a delayed start with a clever display inside a 20-yard line, tossing a three-yard TD strike to Anthony Scott and converting 3 of 4 redzone visits into points. Overall, Nelson was five-of-14 for 26 yards by a air.
“We’ll find out on a tape,” Montgomery pronounced of a quarterbacking competition. “I’m not too judgmental of what happens on a field, though both of them are doing good things. We have to continue to take caring of a football. We have to know a offense to a ‘T’ generally in situational football. It is a beef of a resume.”
Derrell Scott led all rushers with 52 yards on 7 carries, while hybrid behind James Summers picked adult 35 of his 44 yards on a scoring scurry late during a action.
“Every day now, we’re perplexing to find opposite ways to get him a football, and everywhere we’ve put him to get a football, he’s been creation plays,” Montgomery explained when asked about Summers’ new role. “Right now, a offense is flourishing since of him, and we consider he knows how we feel about him with a football. Today, he done another big-time, fantastic play.”
In further to a span of touchdown catches, Johnson (4-62) and Brown (3-29) surfaced a organisation of 6 pass catchers that done 12 receptions for 124 yards.
Defensively, linebackers Cam White and Joe Carter led a Pirates with 6 and 5 tackles, respectively, while Dayon Pratt chipped in with 4 – dual entrance behind a line of scrimmage. An interception by DaShaun Amos and fail recoveries by Corey Seargent and Yiannis Bowden represented a defense’s 3 takeaways.
East Carolina will open a fifth and final full week of open work Monday with a event in pads commencement during 4:30 p.m. on Hight Field inside a Cliff Moore Practice Complex.
SPRING SCRIMMAGE NO. 1 STATISTICS
RUSHING: Derrell Scott (7-52), James Summers (5-44, 1 TD), Anthony Scott (4-24), Shawn Furlow (5-7), Kurt Benkert (5-2), Devin Anderson (5-1), Philip Nelson (4–2). Totals –– 35-128 (3.7 ypr), 1 TD.
PASSING: Kurt Benkert (12-7-0, 98 yards, 2 TD), Philip Nelson (14-5-1, 26 yards, 1 TD). Totals –– 26-12-1, 124 yards, 3 TD.
RECEIVING: Quay Johnson (4-62, 1 TD), Trevon Brown (3-29, 1 TD), Anthony Scott (2-12, 1 TD), Terrell Green (1-10), Chanler Renna (1-7), Curtis Burston (1-4). Totals –– 12-124, 3 TD
TACKLES: Cam White 6, Joe Carter 5, Dayon Pratt 4 (2 TFL/-4 yards, sack/-3 yards), Kiante Anderson 3 (TFL/-3 yards, sack/-3 yards), Demage Bailey 3 (blocked FG), Fred Presley 3 (FF), Terrell Richardson 3, Joe Allely 3, Austin Teague 3, Darius Commissiong 3, Corey Newby 3, Corey Seargent 2 (PD, FR), Yiannis Bowden 2 (FR), Blake Norwood 2, Marquel King 1 (TFL/-5 yards, sack/-5 yards), Chris Love 1 (PD), Demetri McGill 1 (FF), Trevian Hicks 1, Randall Anderson 1, Devon Sutton 1, Ray Tillman 1, Anthony Orr 1, Shaun James (PD)
TOTAL OFFENSE/TOTAL DEFENSE: 61-252 (4.1 ypp)
INTERCEPTIONS: 1 (DaShaun Amos, 49-yard return)
THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS (full security only): 3-11 (27.3%) – Philip Nelson (2-7), Kurt Benkert (1-4)
PENALTIES: 6 (3/OFFENSE – 2 holding, 1 fake start; 3/DEFENSE – 2 offside, 1 pass interference)
QUARTERBACK FIRST DOWN/SCORING CHART:
Kurt Benkert – 7 initial downs, 2 TD, 2 FG
Philip Nelson – 4 initial downs, 2 TD, 2 FG
TD – 4
Trevon Brown 25-yard pass from Kurt Benkert
Anthony Scott 3-yard pass from Philip Nelson (redzone segment)
Quay Johnson 19-yard pass from Kurt Benkert (redzone segment)
James Summers 35-yard run (third-down segment)
FG – 2-of-3
Caleb Pratt 34-yarder
Caleb Pratt 34-yarder blocked by Demage Bailey (redzone segment)
Davis Plowman 26-yarder (redzone segment)