COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior running back Jake Funk scored two touchdowns and Javon Leake added another as the white team took down the red squad, 31-3, in Maryland football’s spring game on Saturday.
The game concludes the spring portion of Maryland’s schedule, which featured 14 practices prior to Saturday’s game.
“We appreciate all the fans that came out and supported us today,” head coach DJ Durkin said. It was a good day, good atmosphere. I love our guys’ approach, I think they did a great job of approaching the scrimmage. Spring games kind of are what they are, we kept that clock rolling. Overall, I think we’ve had a great spring. I’m very happy with where we’re at on both sides of the ball and I’m really happy to get through the day with no injuries, no one down with anything. We’ve got a team that’ll be at full strength now as we get into the summer, have a full summer to get ready for the season.”
Kicker Paul Inzerillo got the scoring started between the two teams, kicking a 34-yard field goal to give the white team the early lead.
Funk then took over, finding the end zone on consecutive possessions for the white team, giving them the 17-0 lead. Funk finished the day with 27 yards.
“Jake obviously has a nose for the end zone, he’s a terrific running back,” Durkin said. “I think Jake has always been such a big contributor special teams-wise for us. I think you’ll see his role increasing more and more in our offense.”
“I feel in terms of the role they try to give me the entire field,” Funk said. “Jet sweeps, out in the slot, and playing running back, I think my role on this offense is increasing and I love it so far.”
Redshirt junior and Florida State transfer Marcus Lewis made the first big play of the day for the defense, picking off Tyler DeSue and taking it 43 yards to the end zone for a touchdown.
Leake kicked off the second half scoring for the white team, taking a handoff to the end zone for a 37-yard touchdown. Leake ended his day with 47 yards, second to Ty Johnson who finished with 50 yards on 10 carries.
Ayinde Eley led the way for the defense, recording seven solo tackles in the game. Redshirt freshman Fofie Bazzie added five solo and six total tackles.
Maryland will begin its 2018 season when it takes on Texas on Saturday, Sept. 1 at FedExField.