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March 22nd, 2010
Hawkins, Soza step forward in Maroon/Gold scrimmage

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Quarterbacks Tim Hawkins and Eric Soza combined to complete 14 of their 25 passes for 126 yards and six touchdowns in Texas State’s annual Maroon/Gold scrimmage on Saturday night at Bobcat Stadium.

The controlled scrimmage included 98 plays and featured the first-team offense playing against the first-team defense, and the second-team offense squaring off against the second-team defense with each drives starting from the 30, 50, 20 and three-yard lines.

Soza led the way as he completed 9 of his 14 passes for 85 yards and four touchdowns, while Hawkins threw for 41 yards and two TDs in the scrimmage.

“I thought we had two quarterbacks step up tonight and show that they can win some games for us next fall,” Texas State head coach Brad Wright. “They have a long way to go, but this was the best they have played all spring.”

In addition to his two quarterbacks, Wright was pleased with the play of running backs Dexter Imade and Frank Reddic. Imade gained 79 yards and scored two touchdowns on 12 carries. Imade scored the first touchdown in the scrimmage on a 10-yard run off left guard. His second touchdown was a 20-yard burst up the middle. Reddic finished the scrimmage with 69 yards on 18 carries.

“I thought both  ran the ball well tonight,” Wright said. “Frank was a little ahead of Dexter last season and played for us when Karrington Bush went down. This spring, Dexter reported to practice at 205 pounds and has run downhill like a 205-pound back should.”

Overall, Texas State gained 367 yards on 98 plays on offense.

“This was the offense’s night,” Wright said. “When you play against each other in spring practice, that is going to happen sometimes. I think the improved play of our quarterbacks might have caught the defense a little off guards, but we have a lot of returning players on that side of the ball, so I am confident that we will be improved on that side of the ball.

Linebackers Brian Lilly and Bryan Iwuji led the defensive unit as they combined for 20 tackles and each had a tackle for a loss. Lilly led the Bobcats with 11 stops, including four solo tackles and intercepted a pass by Soza on the final play of the scrimmage.

“We have four more practices and another scrimmage next week, so we have a chance to make a lot of improvements on both sides of the ball,” Wright said. “We will look and evaluate the film, and  work to improve some of the things we did wrong tonight and keep getting better at the things we did well. “

Texas State will open the 2010 season at Houston on September 4, and play its first home game against Southern Arkansas on September 11 at 6:00 p.m. in Bobcat Stadium.

— FROM TEXAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION/RICK POULTER

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