Quarterback Mike Glennon completed 17 of his 28 passes for the afternoon for a gain of 170 yards and threw three touchdowns - two while the team was working in the red zone. Daniel Imhoff completed six of his 14 attempts for 123 yards and two scores, with one coming during red zone work. Imhoff threw one interception, which Jordan Monk returned for a TD.
Wide receiver T.J. Graham had three touchdown catches during the workout, gaining 140 yards on six catches. “T.J. was as good as I’ve seen him today,” said head coach Tom O’Brien following the scrimmage. “I saw him go up and fight for balls and bring them down. Hopefully that will carry over.”
Offensive coordinator Dana Bible called the plays during the scrimmage, his first time doing so since before he was diagnosed with leukemia in November. “With Dana calling the plays, there was definitely more passing than when Coach O’Brien calls them,” O’Brien laughed.
That showed in the stats, as Owen Spencer had four catches for 24 yards and a score, while Darrell Davis had two for 23 yards and a TD. Jay Smith also had two grabs for a gain of 40 yards.
Defensively, Darryl Cato-Bishop had six stops, including 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. Natanu Mageo tallied nine tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage, while Audie Cole had seven stops, 2.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks. Three of Brian Slay’s total tackles came behind the line of scrimmage.
“I think we made some good strides today, “ O’Brien continued. “But it’s not enough yet. We have some young guys who are making steps forward and spring ball is all about individual improvement so that’s a positive. Last week we couldn’t score in the red zone and today we had touchdown passes there. It’s the ying and yang of spring football. Now the defense has to step up.”
The Wolfpack will hold its annual Kay Yow Spring Football game next Saturday, April 17, at 1 pm. Visit www.gopack.com/springfootball for details.