DENTON – Saturday marked the second scrimmage of fall camp at Apogee Stadium, in conjunction with Mean Green Mania. The defense started the day with a strong performance, creating adversity for the offense. That side of the ball responded late with a few big plays and scoring drives.
Offensive Play of the Day: Redshirt
junior wide receiver Jalen Guyton
(Allen) had a breakthrough play for the offense when caught a 56-yard touchdown on a quick slant from Mason Fine
, Oklahoma), where he broke through one tackle and then it was off to the races.
Defensive Play of the Day:
Senior defensive linemen Ulaiasi Tauaalo
(Keller) and Roderick Young
(Spring, Texas) got good penetration to stop the ball carrier for a one yard loss in the early-going.
Catch of the Day: Redshirt
sophomore Kam Duhon
) made a tremendous diving catch on a deep ball thrown by Cade Pearson
(Texarkana, Texas) for a gain of 45 yards.
• The Mean Green defense (primarily the first and second units) allowed just three points through the first four drives, including forcing a pair of three-and-outs on the first two possessions, as well as forcing a turnover on downs.
• Six quarterbacks on the roster saw action in the scrimmage. Fine
had a good day for the second consecutive scrimmage, completing 17-for-29 passes with one touchdown and no interceptions.
junior running back Loren Easly
(Houston) picked up a hard-fought three yard gain fighting through initial contact to pick up a first down on third and two. Later on in the scrimmage, Easly
made a good decision to cut back against the grain and fought his way for a first down on a fourth-and-short play.
• Freshman linebacker KD Davis
(Ennis, Texas) combined with sophomore defensive lineman Dion Novil
on a run stuff up the middle for no gain on a third down play.
• Graduate transfer Cole Hedlund
(Argyle) made four-of-five field goal attempts on the day, making from 24, 34, 36 and 38 yards, while missing an attempt from 45 yards wide left. Hedlund's
make from 38 came in a high-pressure environment with the entire team surrounding him.
• Junior defensive lineman Tuulau Saafi
(Euless) recorded the first sack of the day after getting into the backfield quickly.
junior running back Anthony Wyche
(Philadelphia) had a good day in short-yardage situations, scoring three times on the day near the goal line. The Philadelphia native scored his first from two yards out immediately following a seven-yard scamper on first down to get the ball to the two. He also scored from one yard out two more times, bursting through the middle on both occasions.
* On a second-and-long play, sophomore safety Tyreke
Davis (Denton) made a tackle for loss on a short pass after senior corner Kemon Hall
(Calhoun City, Mississippi) stacked him up right after the reception was made.
• Redshirt freshman linebacker Chris Thornton
(Amarillo) made a big hit, tackling the ball carrier for a minimal gain midway through Saturday's scrimmage.
• Redshirt senior quarterback Quinn Shanbour
(Oklahoma City) had a long touchdown run of 57 yards that he broke to the home sideline.
• Sophomore running back Evan Johnson
(Loranger, Louisiana) busted a 12-yard gain when he broke a play to the outside to pick up a first down.
• Freshman receiver Jyaire Shorter
(Killeen, Texas) again had a strong day, and made a nice 17-yard catch to set up a Wyche touchdown run. Shorter caught the ball along the sideline and outran his defender to get close to the pylon before getting knocked out of bounds.
• Pearson picked out senior wide receiver Cudjoe Young
(Chattanooga, Tennessee) for a 30-yard touchdown late in the scrimmage. Young has impressed during the first two-and-a-half weeks of camp. He caught about a 12-yard pass, spun his defender and took it to the house. Young also had a 52-yard touchdown catch, where he showed his explosiveness to get separation from his defender, but it was called back.
• Redshirt senior linebacker E.J. Ejiya
(Blaine, Minnesota) stacked up the running back at the line of scrimmage for a nice run stop near the goal line towards the end of the day.
• Hall and sophomore corner Cam Johnson
(Houston) had consecutive plays with pass break-ups to close the day for the defense.
Head coach Seth Littrell
, Tyreke Davis
and junior receiver Michael Lawrence
spoke with media members following Saturday's scrimmage.