2016 Furman Football Running Backs - First Scrimmage Report

Aug 14, 2016

Furman head football coach Bruce Fowler emerged from Saturday morning's practice/scrimmage encouraged with what he saw but in search of more consistency from his squad. "The main thing I told our guys afterwards is we had some extremely good stuff, but we also had some really bad play and that's kinda where we've got to get over the hump," said Fowler following the two-hour, 116-play session in Paladin Stadium. "You expect that after 12 practices, but now we've got to start developing some semblance of consistency toward the positive end of things, and that's what we will strive for over the next three weeks." Furman kicks off the 2016 season at Michigan State on Friday, Sept. 2. "We were able to get everybody a bunch of reps and do a lot of situational stuff, which gave us a good look at our personnel. There are positions where younger players are going to have contribute pretty quickly, so we wanted to get them some work against the best competition." One area that could see newcomers earning snaps this fall is the offensive line, and a pair of true freshmen earning mention included guard Cody Wyattt, a 6-foot-2, 273-pound product of Prattville, Ala., and tackle Jacob Conrad, a 6-foot-4, 293-pound native of Green Cove Springs, Fla., who has seen consistent work with the first unit at right tackle since the start of preseason. "We're far from making decisions as far as starters and backups go at some positions, but today allowed us to look at a number of players. On defense (freshmen) Dru Seabrook at end and Jonah Tibbs at tackle, which he hasn't played a bunch before today, got a lot of work." The scrimmage's biggest play involved a pair of freshmen — a completion from quarterback Avery Armstrong to wide receiver Thomas Gordon, who sprinted 84 yards for a touchdown. A product of Charlotte football power Mallard Creek High School, Gordon also shined on kickoff returns along with former Wren High School standout Bailey Rogers. The Paladins got in plenty of work with the kicking game — both placements and punts — featuring solid work by junior Jon Croft Hollingsworth, who appears set to again handle both duties, as well as kickoffs. "We had a lot of live-out stuff in every phase (of the kicking game) to get an idea of what it takes, and to get it on film," added Fowler, who also mentioned the strong work of freshman running back Darius Morehead. "Darius has great eyes and is going to be a good player, I think." The Paladins will take Sunday off before returning to the practice field for two Monday practices, scheduled for 9:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information