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Saturday Furman Scrimmage Yields Mixed Results

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman head football coach Clay Hendrix offered a mixed review of his squad's performance following Saturday afternoon's scrimmage in Paladin Stadium.

"We ran about 80 plays in the scrimmage, but for the most part I'll reserve my thoughts until after I've had a chance to see the tape," said Hendrix after the two-hour session in hot and humid conditions.  "Right now our sense of urgency is not where I'd like to see it.  We looked like a tired football team and have a long way to go to get ready to play a football game three weeks from today."

Furman kicks off the 2017 on Sept. 2 at Wofford.

The scrimmage yielded three touchdowns, with the final two coming late in the session.  The Paladin defense contained the offense over the first half of the scrimmage until freshman quarterback JeMar Lincoln teamed up with fellow freshman tight end Jake Walker on a 14-yard scoring strike.

Redshirt junior fullback Kealand Dirks tallied the second score on a 5-yard burst off the left side to cap a 62-yard drive, and tailback Alencio Graham, another redshirt junior, closed the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run around right end.

I'm a little bit from the school that on offense you need to move the ball and score points, and we didn't do that nearly well enough," said Hendrix.  "Defensively, we played a little better in that regard.

"The guys who are battling for the second and third quarterback spots (Harris Roberts and JeMar Lincoln)...we threw them in there in live situations to see how they would respond.  Both did some good things."

Roberts, a redshirt junior, completed 7-of-9 passes for 93 yards and spread his connections among six different receivers, including a scrimmage-long 31-yard hook-up with Avery Armstrong, who is making the transition from quarterback to receiver this year.

Dirks led all rushers with eight carries for 34 yards.

Sunday is an off-day for the Paladins, who will return to the practice field on Monday.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information