Western Carolina held its final preseason football scrimmage Saturday, conducting more than 80 plays from scrimmage with special teams drills sprinkled throughout the session at E.J. Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field.
“We were able to get in a lot of plays and a lot of players in our last big scrimmage of the preseason with Southern Conference officials here,” Coach Mark Speir said. “I thought that we started off really well on both sides. The whole factor – and I keep saying it, and probably every coach in America is saying it right now, but it’s the consistency of execution.”
He added, “What I’m really proud of is our conditioning level. It was a hot day, and we had zero crampings. I think that our defense is flying around to the football, they’re playing hard and playing fast because they’re in great shape. The physical effort part, I think that we’re light years ahead of where we were last year and I’m very excited about that. On execution, we’re still a little way off, and that part is just the consistency factory.”
Quarterback Tyrie Adams opened the scrimmage by completing six of his first seven passes, including a TD pass to Daquan Patten.
At one point the defense had stops on six straight series, including two three-and-outs and a 15-yard TD interception return by JerMichael White.
WCU kicked six field goals – two apiece by Julian Pletz, Richard McCollum and Will Horton. Pletz had the longest kick of the day from 48 yards.
Ronald Kent and Jabril Muhammad both blocked field goals.
Adams completed 12 of 19 passes for 143 yards and two TDs. Donnavan Spencer and Christian Yarborough both carried 10 times for 58 and 47 yards, respectively. Kasimir Absolu caught four passes for 58 yards.
Defensively, Jarquavius Wortham had 10 tackles, including two sacks. Half of K.J. Milner’s eight tackles were for losses, with three of those sacks. Michael Murphy had two sacks.