OFFENSE SHOWS SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT IN SECOND SCRIMMAGE OF SPRING FOOTBALL
April 5, 2018
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin football team completed its 10 practice of the spring with the squad’s second of three scheduled scrimmages on Thursday evening under the lights of Hardy M. Graham Stadium.
After a dominating performance by the defense in the first scrimmage, the Skyhawks looked for the offense to continue to make strides in the team’s second scrimmage of the spring. While the defense still impressed in the matchup with a trio of interceptions – including a defensive touchdown – along with a pair of safeties in goal line situations, the offense showed improvement. Offensively the Skyhawks would respond with six touchdowns of their own.
“In spring practice when you have a whole menu of plays and don’t just have a gameplan, you have to be able to handle a large vocabulary and it has been a learning process for them,” UT Martin head coach Jason Simpson said. “The results were not what you were looking for because of the turnovers and having some 50/50 balls where we didn’t make enough plays. The positive is when you stand back and listen to the collisions and see the physicality, there are a lot of things to be pleased with.”
With brisk temperatures on the playing surface, Peyton Logan broke loose on his third carry of the scrimmage with a 35-yard touchdown scamper. Just two plays after the big offensive breakthrough, the defense responded as TJ Jefferson returned an interception 27 yards to the endzone.
The Skyhawk offense later saw reigning All-OVC performer Ladarius Galloway tally his first touchdown of the night on a four-yard run on the 35th play from scrimmage. Galloway would later score his second touchdown of the night, this time through the air, hauling in a 13-yard pass for a touchdown.
Three different quarterbacks tallied touchdown passes on the evening. Dresser Winn connected with Terry Williams for a four-yard touchdown. Kyle Akin would tally a pair of touchdowns, hitting Galloway for a 13-yard score before finding Benjamin Phillips for a 10-yard touchdown late in the evening. Joe Hudson would also find Tracy James for a 12-yard touchdown.
“I was pleased with the demeanor, how we handled failure and competed on both sides of the football,” Simpson said. “The defense was tough again and did a great job getting turnovers today and that’s great to see. You learn from every practice as a head coach and we still have a way to go on offense, but we made some strides tonight.”
Other key contributors on the night were Andrew Horton-Martindale and Josh Dodd which each tallied interceptions. Meanwhile Porter Streator III forced a fumble while the rest of the defense tallied a handful of sacks.
UT Martin will wrap up its spring practice schedule over the next week, all culminating towards the program’s annual Navy and White Spring Game on Saturday, April 14. Action from Graham Stadium is scheduled to get underway at 11 a.m.