Bison Look Sharp In Scrimmage
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The offense was able to manufacture 20 points while the defense came away with three takeaways during a controlled scrimmage in Greene Stadium.
The offense struck early when Carnegie Tirado bolted off the right side and raced 95 yards for the TD against a stunned Howard defense.
The offense, which has some new wrinkles added, was able to keep the defense off balance early and proceeded to drive 65 yards in 12 plays before the defense held and forced a 42-yard field goal by Bryan Parker.
Then the defense re-grouped on the play of red-shirt sophomore linebacker Keith Pough, freshman defensive lineman Nathaniel Coleman and defensive backs senior cornerback Theodore Graham, IV and red-shirt junior safety Lanny Kelly to take control, forcing an interception and two recovered fumbles that stopped drives.
Projected starter Jarad Dorsey sat out with an injury, but the combination of red-shirt freshman Terry Bradden and junior Casey Council, took turns running the newly installed offense.
“We did some really good things out there today,” said Howard Coach Carey Bailey. “The quarterbacks did a good job of reading and executing and that allowed for a chance to move the ball and score.”
Bradden, a red-shirt freshman, proved to be effective as a passer in the offense, connecting with Daley Gunter for a 40-yard hookup for a TD while Council, a converted junior defensive back, led all rushers with his darting runs around and through the defense.
The offensive line, one of the most improved areas from last season, was very impressive in coming off the ball and creating power runs for red-shirt freshman Justin Boyd, juniors Tirado and Terrence Leffall.
Parker Munoz, a freshman, was good on all his field goal and PAT attempts and junior Brandon Drayton was impressive on his kick and punt returns.