Quarterback Tim Hawkins tucks it and runs at Saturday night’s Maroon and Gold scrimmage. Texas State sports information photo.
Texas State quarterbacks Tim Hawkins and Eric Soza combined to complete 14 of 25 passes for 126 yards and six touchdowns in the annual Maroon and Gold scrimmage Saturday night at Bobcat Stadium.
Though Hawkins entered spring as the heir apparent to graduating record setter Bradley George, second-team quarterback Soza posted the better numbers, completing nine of 14 passes for 85 yards and four touchdowns.
“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 said. “They have a long way to go, but this was the best they have played all spring.”
Wright also was pleased with 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.”
Linebackers Brian Lilly and Bryan Iwuji led the defensive units, combining for 20 tackles. 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. ”
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. Drives started from the 30, 50, 20 and three-yard lines.Email | Print