Here is a report (from Morgan State) on their first scrimmage:
BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Morgan State football team conducted the first scrimmage of fall camp on a sunny morning inside Hughes Stadium. The intrasquad matchup lasted for approximately two hours and comprised of roughly 90 plays. It also included some short-field work as well.
"I thought our effort and intensity was pretty good," said MSU interim head coach Fred T. Farrier. "I thought our defense started out really well. The defense created a turnover during the first drive that gave them a great start. They had some tackles early on and created pressure and played with enthusiam and effort that caused things to happen early in the scrimmage."
Farrier also commented on the performance of the Bears' offense. "Offensively, we did not really start as fast as we needed to start. It took us awhile to get going. We got a few first downs on the second drive and we had some nice run plays, but we were not as consistent as we needed to be. We did not make a lot of plays in the pass game and had several dropped balls. Some guys had some opportunities to make some catches -- Brian Gentry had an opportunity to jump up and catch a touchdown pass in the far endzone and dropped it. Amonta Poteat dropped one up the seam -- he took a hit -- but he had both hands on the ball, you have to make that play. We have to get going offensively and it's tough because we were missing four of our wide receivers who weren't out there because of nagging injuries. I thought the energy and effort was there. The defense came out and did some really good things and put pressure on the quarterback and caused havoc and made it difficult for the offense to execute what they needed to do early."
The scrimmage was a part of MSU's Fan Fest and was open to the media and the public, both got a glimpse of some of the big plays in the scrimmage, including a breakaway touchdown run down the sidelines by newcomer running back Eric Harrell that wrapped up the day's scoring.
Farrier spoke about the team's room for improvement heading into their final preseason scrimmage.
"This week is very important for us. This will really be the first full week of true preparation and install that we get a chance to put in. This Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be huge cleanup days for us. Getting back from all the film that we've watched from this scrimmage and a couple of the other practices where we did some hitting -- we'll be trying to cleanup all of the mistakes and make sure that guys know what their assignments and responsibilities are."
"A lot of times when you get into the season the biggest opportunity for improvement is between Game 1 and Game 2, and this was really our first scrimmage situation. So between this week and next week we need to find a way to get a lot better. We need to cleanup some tackling errors, some gap responsibility errors. Defensively, we need to cleanup some assignment errors and finishing the play errors. When guys have an opportunity to make a play they have to step up and make it. I look forward to a big improvement this week."
The final scrimmage of preseason will include officials for next Saturday, Aug. 27.
MSU opens the 2016 season against Holy Cross on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Hughes Stadium. The game with the Crusaders begins at 2 p.m.
Bear Bits Graduate transfer QB Chris Andrews (6-of-15, 53 yds) tossed a 20-yard strike to sophomore WR Brian Gentry, while redshirt sophomore QB Khalil Trotman connected on 9-of-20 passes for 42 yards.
Senior RBs Orlando Johnson and Lamont Brown III combined for well over 100 rushing yards.
There were no official stats kept, but senior junior LB Damare Whitaker and redshirt sophomore Jordan Cry recorded eight tackles apiece, senior LB Greg Gibson added 5 tackles, and LB Greg Gibson (5 tackles) and Rico Kennedy added 5 stops with a sack and a QB hurry.
Junior DL Jai Franklin recorded a pair of sacks and S Carl Garnes (8 tackles) had an interception.
Sophomore DL Antoine McCray almost returned an interception for a touchdown, but was stripped by TE Dushon David to give the ball back to the offense.
Late in the scrimmage the offense put together a 13-play, 80-yard drive.
Yes the link is there. Hope it takes us right to a free broadcast of the game on gameday.
Anyone else figure out that when you are viewing HC's schedule on the official website on an iPhone you would never know there are video links next to the games unless you surreptitiously have the phone turned horizontal? Not knowing there are video links can't be good for business.
Although we played FU tough last year....in general, we were a "half-step" behind those 3 last year, week to week imo.....we really need to beat someone this year, that on papah, is bettah than us....we haven't done that in awhile imo.
Bison not sure if you watched the game last year but we were not competitive with Lehigh. Bragalone chumped us up. There was a clear gap there. With regard to Gate, it's immaterial as to whether they were a step above us all year or at the end, in either case they ended the season with an FCS appearance because they were playing at a higher level. Of the three I think we competed best with FU, and this is partly why I'm convinced their time in the sun is over. The gap was obvious but my expectation is that it has narrowed for this year. Whether we win the PL or not I expect that we will be in the hunt.
Game preview from the Morgan State site: GAME TIME Morgan State will face Holy Cross in the season opener on Saturday (Sept. 3) at Hughes Stadium. The Bears open the 2016 season under the leadership of interim head coach Fred T. Farrier. Holy Cross completed the 2015 season with a 6-5 overall mark and were 3-3 in Patriot League play. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Hughes Stadium and will be broadcast by WEAA, 88.9FM. The game will be "Youth, Family & Faculty Game" for the Bears.
THE SERIES • Saturday marks the 2nd meeting in the series that began with a 29-26 Holy Cross win on Sept. 6, 2014 at Fitton Field. The Crusaders hold an 1-0 advantage in the series vs. MSU. • Herb Walker Jr., who was inserted into the starting lineup as a result of a season-ending injury to Lamont Brown III, absolutely ripped the Crusaders on the ground and set a new school record with 271 yards on 29 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns.
QUICK HITS • Graduate student transfer QB Chris Andrews made 10 starts in three seasons at Wagner College and won the Bears' starting job during preseason camp.
• MSU senior RB Orlando Johnson led the Bears in rushing last season with 583 yards (4.1 avg) and six TDs in 10 games. The running game will also be bolstered by the return of Herb Walker Jr. and Lamont Brown III.
• NT Jai Franklin finished the 2015 season with 38 stops, 8.5 TFL and three sacks.
• LB Damare' Whitaker led the Bears in 2015 with 66 stops, 6 TFL and 2.5 sacks.
• Fred T. Farrier will be playing against his alma mater (Holy Cross) for his first game back as a head football coach.
A GLANCE AT THE CRUSADERS
• Holy Cross finished the 2015 season with an overall mark of 6-5 and a 3-3 conference record. They capped the season with a 45-7 home win against Georgetown. They returned 47 letterwinners and 16 starters from a team that won four of its last five games a season ago. The Crusaders return quarterback Peter Pujals who passed for 3,195 yards, 28 touchdowns and 11 INTs a season ago. Also back are receivers Jake Wieczorek and Brendan Flaherty, who combined for 137 receptions totaling 1,497 yards and 16 TDs. Also back is TE Lucas Nikolaisen who caught eight passes for 85 yards and a pair of TDs. Tailback Gabe Guild returns from a season in which he finished with 415 yards on 31 carries and scored four TDs.
• Defensively, the Crusaders return three defensive linemen. Defensive ends Dewayne Cameron and Dean Doe combined for 68 tackles and eight sacks, while tackle Jack Kutschke had 26 tackles and a sack. Also back are linebackers Kyle Young (76 stops, 8 TFL, 2FF) and Nick McBeath (59 tackles, 4 TFL, 2FF).
• Tom Gilmore (Pennsylvania, '86) enters his 13th season at the helm of the Crusaders.
LAST TIME OUT vs. HOLY CROSS WORCESTER, Mass. (Sept. 6, 2014) – Shane Smith scored on a 1-yard run on the final play of the game to lift Holy Cross to a 29-26 win over Morgan State in front of a crowd of 6,172 fans at Fitton Field. MSU running back Herb Walker Jr. was inserted into the starting lineup as a result of a season-ending injury to Lamont Brown III. Walker was not only up to the task, but he had a sensational performance. The 5-foot-8, sophomore absolutely ripped the Crusaders on the ground and set a new school record with 271 yards on 29 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns. Morgan State finished with 413 yards overall, 356 rushing. The Crusaders totaled 379 yards with Pete Pujalis completing 16 of 29 passes for 193 yards.
PRESEASON PICKED LAST Morgan State, who finished T-4th place a season ago, was picked to finish seventh (7th) to co-defending MEAC champions and Preseason #1 North Carolina A&T, #2 Bethune-Cookman and #3 N.C. Central.
PRESEASON ALL-MEAC PLAYERS Five (5) Morgan State football players were named to the 2016 MEAC preseason team, which was voted on by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt senior cornerback Delonta Hall was named first-team All-MEAC, while senior running back Orlando Johnson was a second-team selection. Redshirt senior tight end Willie Gillus, junior offensive lineman Joshua Miles and junior defensive lineman Jai Franklin were third-team picks.
RETURN MEN The 2016 Morgan State Bears return 66 letterwinners, including 15 starters - 9 on offense, 8 on defense and 1 on special teams.
CAMPAIGNING FOR SUCCESS The Bears enter the 2016 season looking to post their first winning season since going 7-6 in 2014.
NON-CONFERENCE PLAY The Bears will open the 2016 campaign against two of its first three non-conference matchups. MSU opens the season at home against Holy Cross (Sept. 3), followed by a road game at Marshall (Sept. 10). The Bears round out non-conference in a season-finale matchup at Army (Nov.19).
BEARS NAME TEAM CAPTAINS The MSU Bears wrapped up the preseason by naming the team captains for the 2016 season. The leadership group is comprised of four seniors and a junior ... offense - Thomas Martin (Naples, Fla.), Dominique Woods (Skyline, Texas) - defense - Greg Gibson (Houston, Texas), Ayodeji Agbelese (Lanham, Md.) and special teams - Willie Gillus III (Suffolk, Va.).
BEARS OPEN 40th SEASON IN MEAC The Bears will open its 40th season in the MEAC when they host the Howard Bison on Sept. 24.
• The Bears opened the 2015 MEAC schedule with a 21-13 victory against Howard at the 18th Annual Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field.
• The Bears kicked off its first season in the MEAC in 1971. Morgan State withdrew from the conference at the end of the 1979-80 fiscal year, before returning to the MEAC in 1984.
MSU IN THE CIAA Morgan State was a power as a former member of the CIAA. The Bears posted 173 wins between 1929 and 1959 when Edward P. Hurt was the head coach and the Bears won 14 CIAA championships. Earl Banks added to the championship collection by winning four titles during the 1960s.
HOME AT THE CAVE Morgan State opens its 2016 season with a home-opener against Holy Cross on Sept. 3 before traveling to take on Marshall on Sept. 10. The Bears 2016 schedule features five home games in Hughes Stadium, including a meeting with MEAC co-champion Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 5 in Baltimore.
UNDER THE LIGHTS Morgan State will not only have its first home night game since 2010, but it will also mark the Bears' first home matchup against the Howard Bison in seven years. The Bears will open Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) play when they host their Beltway rival on Sept. 24 at Hughes Stadium. The actual kickoff time is set for 7 p.m.
THE STABLE IS FULL The Bears are expected to have a potent backfield heading into the 2016 season. • The ground production will be led by three experienced veterans in Orlando Johnson (143 att., 583 yds, 6 TDs), Lamont Brown III (46 att., 230 yds) and Herb Walker Jr. (1,408 yds, 15 TDs - 2014) and will be bolstered behind what could be the best O-Line in the MEAC.