Nashville, Tenn. - The offense (white team) picked up a 94-63 victory over the defense (blue team) in the annual Tennessee State University Blue-White Spring Game in front of 3,100 fans at Hale Stadium. The offense secured the win in a non-traditional scoring system that gave points for specific types of plays completed.
Michael German, the reigning OVC Freshman of the Year, threw 11 completions for 232 yards with four touchdowns for the Big Blue.
Redshirt junior Devin Wilson snagged five catches for 105 yards, while Joe Bowens caught four balls for a team-best 112 yards.
In the running game, Trabis Ward carried the ball 10 times for 44 yards. Telvin Hooks finished with four rushes for 28 yards.
"I thought we did some good things," said TSU head coach Rod Reed. "Michael (German) threw the ball well. I don't think we were as sharp in the run game as we normally are. I am excited about where we are headed. I think guys came out and competed. It was great to see us out there competing. The fan support was great."
Defensively, the Big Blue bruisers forced only one turnover. Sophomore and returning defensive leader Daniel Fitzpatrick snatched an interception for a 34-yard touchdown.
"That's what we expect out of him," said Reed. "He is our stat leader returning on defense. We expect that type of play out of our starters."
TSU starts fall camp in August and opens the 2012 season with Florida A&M in the John Merritt Classic on Saturday, Sept. 1. For the first time in nearly 12 years, TSU returns to Hale Stadium 'The Hole' on Sept. 15 to host Austin Peay.
Blue-White Spring Game
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Nashville, Tenn. - Hale Stadium
White (offense) 94, Blue (defense) 63
Passing: Michael German 11-18-0 232 4; Immoni Carswell 3-6-1 82 0; Holt Claiborne 1-5-0 2 0.
Receiving: Devin Wilson 5-106 2; Joe Bowens 4-112; Je-Marc Sears 1-25 1; Trabis Ward 1-26; Hakeem Parker 1-25 1; Jeremy Pryor 2-20; Kaylen Pearson 1-2.
Rushing: Ward 10-44; Telvin Hooks 4-28; Martine Stevenson 8-25; Ryan Berry 5-11; Pearson 1-1.
Interceptions: Daniel Fitzpatrick 1-34 1.
Fumbles: 1, lost 0.
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