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Redbird Football gears up for fall

 

Archive Photo: Quarterback Blake Winkler finished 10-of-17 with 121 yards and a touchdown during the Redbirds' scrimmage.

Archive Photo: Quarterback Blake Winkler finished 10-of-17 with 121 yards and a touchdown during the Redbirds’ scrimmage.

Adam Iwans

Sports Editor

The Illinois State men’s football team finished up their first week of practices this week before competing in their annual fall scrimmage.

Despite a slow start for the Redbird offense, they finished the game displaying some great offensive efficiency and big play ability.

“I thought the scrimmage today went pretty smooth,” head coach Brock Spack said. “Obviously, there were some sloppy moments because we played a lot of guys today that usually don’t get that many looks during practice.”

Quarterback Blake Winkler finished 10-of-17 with 121 yards and a touchdown. His only touchdown came on a 13-yard completion to Scott Kuhen shortly after making his biggest completion of the day, a 40-yard pass to Anthony Warrum.

Winkler wasn’t the only redbird quarterback who displayed impressive offense. Tre Roberson, a recent transfer from Indiana University, showed versatility with 96 yards and a touchdown through the air and 61 yards on the ground.

“Our passing game throughout camp has been really good, but it wasn’t quite as sharp today for whatever reason,” Spack said.

ISU displayed some success on the ground as well with running back Marshaun Coprich racking up 56 yards on only four carries with a length of 36 yards, setting up his eventual three-yard touchdown in the same drive. Freshman tailbacks George Moreira and Marcus Jester each rushed for 66 yards and two touchdowns.

“Our running game showed some signs of being much improved today and it was good to see the young guys get some plays in while we limited Marshaun Coprich. I thought it was good work out there; we had some long passes and runs and showed some explosiveness at times,” Spack said.

The defense was highlighted by recent Oregon Transfer, Oshay Dunmore, who compiled seven tackles, a sack and three tackles-for-loss. Pat Meehan and Alex Donnelly contributed a team high eight tackles apiece.

With three weeks left until the regular season opener — September 6 against Central Arkansas — the team will look to continue improving on both offense and defense.

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