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August 11, 2008

MSU's first scrimmage

The offense is back in the green jerseys, having won the first scrimmage of fall camp. Here are the statistics provided by MSU from the scrimmage, which took place Sunday and was closed to the public and media:

Offense wins the 134-play scrimmage, 88-71, in Spartan Stadium to reclaim the Green jerseys.

Rushing Leaders:
Andre Anderson 14-53-1 (scored on a 1-yard run during the goal-line period)
Ashton Leggett 7-32-0 (his 28-yard run set up Javon Ringer's 3-yard TD run)
Javon Ringer 6-28-1 (scored on a 3-yard run for the scrimmage's first score; played only three series)

Passing Leaders:
Brian Hoyer 20-27-2 for 227 yards and 2 TDs (2-yard TD toss to Charlie Gantt and 21-yard TD strike to B.J. Cunningham)
Kirk Cousins 13-17-0 for 73 yards and 1 TD (3-yard TD pass to Josh Rouse during the goal-line period)
Keith Nichol 8-10-0 for 112 yards and 2 TDs (25-yard TD pass to Fred Smith and 37-yard TD pass to Keshawn Martin) -- took snaps with the third-team offense

Receiving Leaders:
B.J. Cunningham 6-99-1 (scored on a 21-yard TD pass from Brian Hoyer)
Charlie Gantt (4-57-1 (scored on a 2-yard pass from Brian Hoyer)
Fred Smith 4-52-1 (scored on a 25-yard pass from Keith Nichol)
Mark Dell 4-45-0
Blair White 4-40-0

Defensive Leaders:
Greg Jones 7-2-9 (2.5 for losses: 11 yards)
Eric Gordon 4-3-7
Chris L. Rucker 6-0-6 (returned an interception 55 yards for a TD)
Adam Decker 3-2-5
Otis Wiley 4-1-5
Trenton Robinson 5-0-5 (interception)

    Mark Dantonio spoke briefly at this morning's practice on the scrimmage and cited his quarterbacks and receivers for playing well. He also said the secondary needs to improve its communication. Cunningham was the first guy lauded by Dantonio for standing out.
    Now that pads are in effect, injuries are sure to follow. The list of guys who are banged up and who didn't fully participate today includes: Greg Jones, Andrew Hawken, Brynden Trawick, Roderick Jenrette, Dan Fortener, Deon Curry, Steve Gardiner. Brandon Long is back at full go. Trawick was limping pretty good, but Dantonio said all of the injuries are "two to three day injuries" at worst. That's as specific as he'd get.
    One more thing I saw today. The punt return competition looks like a four-way race between Otis Wiley, Mark Dell, Keshawn Martin and Johnny Adams. Martin certainly looks like the kind of fluid athlete who could be a threat in that role, as long as he's able to catch the ball reliably.

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