Last year’s Spring Game ended with a final score of 7-3. This year’s game was much more entertaining, as we saw the offense, defense and special teams all score touchdowns. Team Medal of Honor defeated Team Pylon 24-21, with two of Team Pylon’s touchdowns coming via defense and special teams.
Some players got action with both teams, so it’s useless to do a full recap of the game. However, there were some individual performances that stood out…
Michael Brewer: 4-of-7 for 60 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT. Brewer continued his good spring, tossing a perfectly thrown touchdown in the back of the endzone to Isaiah Ford.
Trey Edmunds: 3 carries, 21 yards, 1 TD. Edmunds looked sharp in his limited work. He swatted aside starting mike linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka to score his touchdown.
J.C. Coleman: 6 carries, 25 yards, 1 TD. Coleman looks healthier and quicker than he did for most of last season.
Travon McMillian: 1 carry, 4 yards, 1 TD. 6 kickoff returns for 137 yards. McMillian looks like a serious candidate to be a kickoff returner this year.
Greg Stroman: 2 punt returns, 105 yards, 1 TD. Stroman took the first punt of the game 88 yards for a score. He displayed excellent speed and agility on his return.
CJ Reavis: 9 tackles, 1 TFL. Reavis came to play, and was probably the defense’s best overall performer on Saturday. At one point he tackled punter Michell Ludwig for a big loss before Ludwig could get the punt off. That play led to a Travon McMillian touchdown run.
The offensive line: Tech’s #1 offense went up against the #1 defense, and the #2 offense went up against the #2 defense. Tech running backs were only tackled for 2 yards worth of losses on the day. The defense only had 5 TFL and 3 sacks as a unit. The starting offensive line in particular performed well.
Perhaps the most important thing to come out of the Spring Game was the performance of the offense in the red zone. The offense scored touchdowns in four of their five red zone possessions, including three rushing touchdowns and Brewer’s perfect touchdown strike to Isaiah Ford in the corner of the end zone.
There were three fumbles during the game, mostly coming on misreads on the read option. Donovan Riley picked up one such loose ball and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown.
The offense was very vanilla during the spring game, only calling a very limited amount of plays. Overall, I’m very pleased with how the Spring Game went, and how spring ball went as a whole. We’ll have complete breakdowns of Tech’s 2015 spring practice beginning tomorrow.