March 28, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -
The Western Carolina University football team held its eleventh practice of the spring on Wednesday evening, scrimmaging at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field.
The scrimmage lasted a little over an hour and a half with four quarterbacks taking snaps and six different players with carries. Redshirt sophomore Eddie Sullivan picked up the most reps at quarterback with Brandon Pechloff, Jawan Simmons and Michael Helms, Jr. also taking snaps.
The squad started with the offense working out of the end zone before making its way to beginning from its own twenty yard line, from the opponent's twenty yard line and finally working its way in from the opponent's ten yard line.
Sullivan ended the game 10 of 14 passing with an interception by defensive back Ace Clark and no touchdown passes. Sullivan recovered from the INT with a 77 yard touchdown throw to senior Nate Stephenson. The sophomore transfer also found the end zone with his legs on a one yard QB sweep. Pechloff was 5 for 10 with an interception and a nine yard touchdown pass to running back Michael Vaughn. Pechloff also scampered for a 32-yard run around the left side to score the second touchdown of the day for the offense. Redshirt sophomore Ace Clark had both picks of the day for the defense. Simmons and Helms were both 1 for 3.
Defensive tackle Andre Shishkin came away with a fumble recovery. Fellow defenders Brian Johnson and Julian Johnson came away with sacks.
Running back Michael Vaughn
accounted for three touchdowns with two coming on the ground. Vaughn and RB Shaun Warren
took most of the reps at running back.
"I thought it was our best day on both sides of the ball," said Head Coach Mark Speir.
"There was some hitting, some enthusiasm, guys playing hard. The defense had been hesitant in the past couple of practices, in their assignments, in the sense that they were still learning our schemes, but I thought today that they really turned it loses and played fast. They still gave up more big plays than I would've liked them to, but I was proud of the way they flew around. The offense did a good job of scoring. I was a little upset that down in the red zone the offense was beating themselves, but that's credit to the defense. They didn't get their heads down. I was one of our better days with offense and defense together. We have four more days and we have to utilize these last four days to hone in what we've learned. We just want to sharpen both sides and eliminate errors."