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Furman Set For Saturday Purple-White Football Scrimmage

Furman quarterback Harris Roberts
Harris Roberts

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman's football team is set for its annual Purple-White Football Scrimmage, scheduled for Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Paladin Stadium, according to head coach Clay Hendrix.

Admission to the event is free.

The scrimmage will feature the two squads, selected in a Thursday draft conducted by the coaching staff, in a full-game setting but with shortened quarters.

The Purple Team is composed of 35 players while the White Team has 30 players.  Approximately 10 players are on the disabled list and will not participate in the scrimmage.

Some players will represent both squads to fill needs.

Furman opened spring practice on Feb. 2 and, following tomorrow's scrimmage, will have two practices remaining in the season, which it will conclude next week.

The Paladins project to return 51 lettermen and 16 starters off last year's squad, including 10 regulars on defense.
Among the top returnees on offense are running back Kealand Dirks (152 rushes, 720 yds., 9 TDs), tailback Darius Morehead (95 rushes, 588 yds., 5 TDs), wide receivers Thomas Gordon (39 rec., 717 yds., 1 TD) and Cam Burnette (9 rec., 210 yds., 2 TDs), and offensive linemen Andy Godwin and Reed Kroeber.
The contingent of returning defensive starters is paced by All-SoCon nose guard Jaylan Reid (45 tackles, 8.5 TFL), outside linebacker Joe Farrar (75 tackles, 4.5 TFL), and safeties Aaquil Annoor (64 tackles, 2 INTs), an All-SoCon pick, and Bryan Okeh (83 tackles).
The Paladins will also welcome back Grayson Atkins, a 2017 SoCon All-Freshman Team performer who paced the league in kick scoring (82 points).
Furman topped the league with 34 sacks in 2017.
Among the key offensive positions the Paladins have worked to fill in spring practice are quarterback, tight end, and offensive guard, where All-SoCon performers P.J. Blazejowski, Andy Schumpert, and Terrell Bush, respectively, completed their careers last fall.  One of Furman's biggest losses came at center with the graduation of All-America performer Matthew Schmidt, the recipient of the 2017 SoCon Jacobs Blocking Award.

The top two candidates competing for the starting quarterback job are redshirt senior Harris Roberts and redshirt freshman JeMar Lincoln.
Furman posted an 8-5 overall record and 6-2 SoCon mark this past season en route to its league leading 18th FCS playoff appearance.  The Paladins finished the campaign ranked 20th in the STATS FCS Final Poll under Hendrix, who earned consensus SoCon Coach of the Year honors in his first season at the helm.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information