Saturday, April 14, 2007
Running backs Jerrald Cook and Terrance Wright rushed for 57 and 55 yards respectively to lead the Blue offensive team to a 55-37 win over the White defensive team in the Tennessee State University Blue and White Spring Game. Cook, an upcoming junior is a converted quarterback and gained 57 yards in 7 carries averaging 8.1 yds per rush while Wright, an upcoming sophomore, rushed for 56 yards in nine attempts for a 6.1 ypc average. Wright also scored the game's lone TD. Quarterback Julian Sample lead a trio of signal callers, completing 7 of 10 passes for 101 yds with a long of 28 yards. All-OVC quarterback Antonio Hefner saw limited action because of a sore shoulder. TSU's 2006 leading rusher Javarris Williams did not participate in the spring game due to injury. Due to the many injuries endured during spring drills, the Blue and White teams were divided by offense (Blue) and defense (White) with a special scoring system used to award points and bonus points for positive offensive and defensive plays. Carl Buford and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie led the defensive effort with five solo tackles each. Buford finished the game with seven total tackles and Rodgers-Cromartie finished with six total tackles and one sack (19). Mark Drew, Travis Stubblefield and Reno Thompson had one interception each with Stubblefield gaining 19 yds in return yardage. Head coach James Webster, however, was "very disappointed" in the defensive showing. "They (defense) played very poorly in the first half." said Webster. "They gave a better performance in the second half, but we surely have to concentrate on improving our intensity on the defensive side of the line." Webster continued, saying "Our offense came out in the first half playing real sharp, but they seemed to lose their concentration as the game continued. That's another area we will continue to work on for the upcoming season." Tennessee State will open the 2007 season hosting Alabama A&M, the 2006 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Champion, in the John Merritt Classic on Labor Day Weekend.