Saturday, April 9, 2005
NASHVILLE --- A good crowd on a gorgeous spring day was on hand to witness the Blue defeat the White in the Annual Tennessee State Spring Football Game, held Saturday afternoon in Hale Stadium. Playing under sunny skies, a crowd of more than 3,500 gathered in "the Hole" for the contest which brought to end the first spring practice sessions conducted by new head coach James Webster. The fans saw on the scoring coming in the first half, including 21 of the 28 points scored within a span of 1:07 late in the first period. The Tigers new head coach saw positives in the game, which was the final of 15 practices allowed for spring drills. "I was pleased with the intensity and we have a starting point now going into fall camp," said Webster. "There were some good things on both sides of the ball. It was warm out here today and I think we got a little tired down the stretch. The one good thing is that we get out of the spring with no major injuries." The Blue was comprised mainly of the first unit offense. The Blue Tigers put together a 14-play 65-yard drive that ate more than 11 minutes off the clock on the first possession of the game. Quarterback Bryson Rosser directed the drive that concluded with a 4-yard run by redshirt freshman running back Javarris Williams. Henry Tahir, who handled the kicking duties for both teams, booted the first of his four extra points. While the Blue had its long drive, the White answered very quickly. On the first play from scrimmage, Josh Harris connected with Gerald Morrow on the bomb that resulted in a 65-yard scoring play. The score was tied at 7-7 with 3:43 left in the opening period. The Blue went ahead to stay just 1:02 later. Rosser broke loose on a quarterback keeper down the left sideline for a 61-yard scoring run. The Blue had a little bit of good fortune for their final TD that came mid-way through he second period. The Blue had a pass intercepted, but on the return regained possession after a fumble at the White 25-yard line. The Blue were in the end zone two players later on a Maurice Young 6-yard run. Rosser finished the game 6-7-0 for 37 yards and had three rushes for 83 yards. Harris was 5-9-0 for 107 yards with the one TD for the White. Jamar Landrom had an interception and five tackles for the White. The Tigers will return to their off-season program for the remainder of the school year. The 2005 season kicks off Sept. 3 against Alabama A&M in the John Merritt Classic.

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