South Carolina State held its first scrimmage of the preseason Saturday evening, getting in approximately 100 plays during the two-hour scrimmage at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.
"We were mostly trying toughing up a little bit so we can run the football , however the defense took full control during the first half the scrimmage", said Pough. "We are still trying to find our way this is the first time we have had live action in this setting."
"I thought the entire group (offense) settled in during the second part of the scrimmage, the offense scored a few times and had some good runs down the stretch, but nevertheless we still got a lot of work to do to get things going so we have to keep pushing."
Bulldog head coach Buddy Pough said he was extremely pleased that his squad got a lot accomplished in their first outing, however, he noted that he would have to wait until he and his staff viewed the film from the scrimmage to get a true evaluation of how his team did.
"I thought we had some success from time to time running the football," said Pough. "The younger guys like Dondre Lewis-Freeman (r-So., 5-7, 196), Xavier Quick (Fr., 5-9, 220) and Dondre Brown (r-Fr., 6-1, 236) had some good runs on our defense. "
Pough and his staff also had a chance to look at four quarterbacks – Senior Richard Cue, who started the 2012 campaign, redshirt sophomore Tedarrius Wiley, and redshirt freshmen Joey Copeland and Adrian Kollock.
"Our defensive line is still the strength of our defense and it makes you feel comfortable that those guys can get in there and make some plays," said Pough. Make no mistake about it our linebackers (Joe Thomas and Justin Hughes) and our secondary will come up and get after you. I think its overall team effort to stop the run and that's what makes them so good."
Pough also addressed special teams had a good day kicking the football, but for the most part we need to clean up the penalty situation and continue to work hard to understand what some of the issues are during preseason.