TIGERS CONDUCT FINAL PRE-SEASON SCRIMMAGE
Athens, Frazier Continue To Compete For Starting Quarterback Job
TOWSON, Md. – With eight days remaining before the season opener at the University of Connecticut, the Tigers held their final scrimmage of the pre-season on Wednesday afternoon.
Coach Rob Ambrose guided his team through a 74-play scrimmage that featured some solid performances by the offense and some solid efforts by the defense. In addition, the team spent a lot of team on special teams play as well as situational offensive formations.
“This was a really good situational scrimmage for us,” said Coach Ambrose. “We did a lot of special teams work and ran our two-minute offense as well as red zone plays.
“I thought our first team offense and our first team defense looked sharp,” he added. “We aren’t ready to win a game yet but we will be ready by next Thursday.”
Senior Peter Athens and sophomore Connor Frazier turned in strong showings in their competition for the starting quarterback job.
On the first possession of the game, Athens drove the Tigers 75 yards in five plays for a very quick touchdown. On the drive, he completed all three pass attempts for 48 yards. He also capped off the drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to junior Spencer Wilkins.
With Frazier at the controls, the Tiger offense scored on the third possession of the game. Frazier directed a 74-yard, nine-play march in which he completed all four pass attempts for 49 yards. Senior Sterlin Phifer capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run.
Senior wide receiver Leon Kinnard provided the biggest play of the drive when he made an acrobatic catch for a 35-yard gain to the defense’s 22-yard line.
Athens finished the scrimmage by completing six of nine passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. Frazier was also impressive a s he completed 12 passes in 16 attempts for 128 yards.
The Tigers will have a day off on Thursday before they start final preparations for the season opener next Thursday night.