CARROLLTON, Ga. - With less than three weeks to go until opening day, UWG head coach David Dean and his squad took to Ra-Lin Field in University Stadium Saturday morning for the first scrimmage of the fall practice season.
"We saw a lot of bright spots out there today, but it has also been a long nine days, so we also saw some places where we need to tighten things up," Dean said. "But in all, a saw a lot of things today that will help us grow as a team and give us a chance to be successful."
Senior running back Travis Custis had the first big play of the day for the offense, as he broke off a big gainer early in the scrimmage. It was one of two plays of 40 or more yards for the big back from Atlanta on the morning. Later in the scrimmage, Tyler Queen connected with freshman Laperion Perry for a big pass play down the right side of the field. Queen also hit on several big plays with K.J. Parmer, as well as hitting freshman Jaden Thomas for the first score of the day, a 12-yard fade to the corner.
On the defensive side of the ball, corners Jakyron Young and Tyler Jack were very stingy, allowing very little on the outside. Safety Ramon Patton had one of the biggest hits of the day on a pass from Willie Candler to Shannon Smith over the middle, keeping Smith from a big gain. On the special teams front, John Scifers connected easily on two field goals from 32 yards out on the morning.
The Wolves will have Sunday off, and will then practice through the week before another scrimmage in the Stadium next Saturday morning. The season begins on Thursday, August 31, as the Wolves play host to Fort Valley State at Universeity Stadium.