TOWSON, Md. – With just eight days remaining before their season opener at Kent State University, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Tiger football team ran through a light scrimmage at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
The Tigers, who held their annual Media Day in the morning, returned to Unitas Stadium in the afternoon for a 70-minute scrimmage. The Tigers ran about 55 plays from scrimmage and ran through some special teams plays.
“We wanted to come out here and give them a chance to run through some things,” said Coach Ambrose, who will be starting his fourth season as the Tigers’ coach next week. “We have some guys who are nicked up and we held them out of the scrimmage because we to get them ‘un-nicked.’ The next 24-to-48 hours are going to be crucial as we get ready for Kent State.”
Senior Grant Enders, the Tigers’ returning starter at quarterback, looked very sharp in Thursday’s scrimmage. He drove the offense to a pair of touchdowns and completed 9 of 11 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown.
On the opening drive, Enders led the Tigers on a 75-yard march in 10 plays. Sophomore All-AmericanTerrance West had four carries on the drive and picked up 30 yards. He also scored a touchdown on an eight-yard run.
Connor Frazier, a red-shirt freshman quarterback, led the Tigers on their second drive. After he completed a 27-yard pass to Mac Sanders, the drive stalled and Drew Evangelista punted.
Enders returned for the third series of the scrimmage. Starting from his own 10-yard line, he marched the offense down the field. On the second series, Enders completed five of six passes for 79 yards and tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Wilkins.
Wilkins was impressive in the scrimmage. He had three catches for 25 yards and a touchdown and he also had a 48-yard kickoff return.
On the fourth and final drive of the scrimmage, junior Peter Athens completed two passes to Arione Scott for 49 yards, setting up a 21-yard field goal by Evangelista.
After the fourth drive, the Tigers ran plays from specialty situations. Highlighting the specialty work was a 23-yard TD pass from Frazier to Scott.
Scott had three receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown during the scrimmage. Senior Erron Banks continued his solid pre-season by catching two passes for 32 yards while senior Tom Ryan had two catches for 22 yards.
The Tigers begin final preparations for Kent State on Thursday.