SC State held its second
preseason scrimmage Saturday morning and followed the workout with the annual
"Meet the Players Day," hosted by The STATE Club, the Bulldog booster
In the scrimmage, which lasted approximately two hours, the Bulldog coaching staff played all five quarterbacks listed on the 2013 roster, with redshirt senior Richard Cue and sophomore TeDarrius Wiley projected to push each other for the starting duties, senior cornerback Darrius Drummond who is nursing a minor injury did not participate in Saturday's scrimmage.
Wiley the most productive of the
signal callers on the day, directing several scoring drives, two of which
finished with touchdown passes to wide receivers Temarrick Hemingway and
Bulldog head coach Buddy Pough, who is entering his 12th season at the helm of the Bulldog football program, said he saw, in Saturday's scrimmage, some improvements from the first scrimmage conducted a week earlier (Aug. 10).
"We made some strides and did some good things on both sides of the ball," Pough said. "Obviously we still got some work to do. It's a work in progress.
In commenting on the play of the Bulldog quarterbacks, Pough said that both "have been a little bit better overall, and still got some work to day. At this point it's too close to tell but both (Cue and Wiley) have earned the opportunity to play."
Freshman running back Dondre
Brown led the ground attack on the day finding the end zone twice on different
scoring drives. The 6-1, 236 Varnville, SC native, has filled void nicely for
the Bulldogs with the absence of starter Jalen Simmons.
Redshirt sophomore Everette Shaw (5-8, 170) dazzled with crowd with some key catches, along with teammates Austin Smith (6-2, 205) and Brandon King (5-10, 170).
"There are a lot of young guys that can help us make this football team better," Pough said. "I think we are in pretty good shape but you never really know until you get there. We have a chance to be decent team we just have to keep working to get better."
Pough also noted that the Bulldog
defense performed well most of the time during the scrimmage.
The kicking game did well on the day with senior kicker Nick Belcher connecting on a 47-yard earlier, while going 4-4 on PAT's. All-MEAC performer defensive lineman Javon Hargrave went down earlier with an injury, which is some concern to the SC State coaching staff.
South Carolina State will open the 2013 season at home against last year's Big South Champion Coastal Carolina on Aug. 31, in a 6 p.m. kickoff at O.C. Dawson Stadium.
45-yard interception return for a touchdown by #48 Joe Thomas
5-yard touchdown pass from #9 TeDarrius Wiley to #87 Temarick Hemingway
3-yard TD run by #40 Dondre Brown
47-yard field goal good by # 37 Nick Belcher
6-yard touchdown run by #84 Everette Shaw
1-yard touchdown run by #32 Xavier Quick
1-yard touchdown run by # 40 Dondre Brown
36-yard touchdown pass from # 9 TeDarrius Wiley to #7 Brandon King