UT MARTIN HOLDS ANNUAL BLUE AND WHITE SPRING GAME ALONG WITH JUNIOR DAY
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin football dodged raindrops this afternoon to hold the team’s annual Blue and White Spring Game while hosting approximately 200 prospective student-athletes of Junior Day at Hardy M. Graham Stadium on Saturday.
As rain fell in the early portions of the day’s pre-scrimmage practice plan, the skies cleared up as the Spring Game got underway to the delight of both team members and hundreds of spectators. With the first team offense and second team defense pitted against the second team offense and first team defense, it was the squad’s first team offense which stole the show, lifting the team to a 31-12 victory.
As opposed to traditional scoring formats, the Spring Game used a mixture of incentives for both teams to score. Touchdowns counted as six points while PATs counted for one. Turnovers and fourth downs resulted in three points each while three-and-outs garnered two. Meanwhile sacks and tackles for loss equaled one point each.
“It was good to see us throw and catch a little bit today, that was a goal of ours coming into the spring,” UT Martin head coach Jason Simpson said. “On the other side, our defense showed that when they want to stop the run, they can still stop it. The offense certainly improved over the spring. It was a great Junior Day today with almost 200 juniors here and luckily the sun always shines on the Skyhawks as we were able to make it through the game and avoid the bad weather.”
As a whole the Skyhawk offensive units combined to tally 18 first downs on the day while only committing one turnover. Dresser Winn led the Skyhawks passing game with 13-of-23 completions for 190 yards. Kyle Akin also looked impressive on the day, completing 11-of-16 attempts for 164 yards, one touchdown and an interception.
LaDarius Galloway led the rushing attack with eight carries while tallying 17 yards on the ground. Ty Brown notched seven carries for 25 yards – including a five-yard touchdown. Peyton Logan also saw reps, tallying five carries for 13 yards.
Mid-year signee Terry Williams made an immediate splash to the passing game, tallying eight receptions for 116 yards. Devonte Howard notched four receptions for 45 yards while Christian Philpott caught three for 49 yards. Colton Dowell tallied the team’s lone touchdown reception of the game – a 49-yard strike – while totaling 68 yards on the day.
Defensively, Takeem Young paced the Skyhawks with seven tackles on the day while the trio of D’Carrious Stephens, Hamilton Hendricks and Austin Pickett tallied five tackles each.
The Skyhawks did a good job on the pass rush, tallying eight sacks on the day. Mid-year signee Loren Young paced the squad with two while Korbin Harmon, Austin Pickett, James Gilleylen, Garrett Wall, David DuBose and Kevin Prather, Jr. each notched one each. Meanwhile, Sherrod Pittman led the defense with two quarterback hurries.
Dion Goldbourne notched the team’s lone interception of the day while Garrett Wall forced a fumble. The group of Jaylen Smith, DaVonte Maura, Andrew Horton-Martindale, Antonio Clifton, Porter Streator III and David Little each tallied pass breakups in the secondary.
Today’s scrimmage caps of the program’s 15 allotted spring practices. UT Martin will officially kick of the 2018 season at Southeastern Conference foe Missouri on Saturday, Sept. 1.