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70-Play Purple-White Scrimmage Leaves Hendrix Pleased With Progress

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Post Scrimmage Hghlights With Coach Hendrix  /  Buy Season TIX

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- New Furman head football coach Clay Hendrix indicated he was pleased with what he saw from his squad's 70-play Purple-White Scrimmage in Paladin Stadium on Saturday.

"I thought we competed and got after it pretty good and with pace," said Hendrix, who assumed the head coaching reins in December.  "We tried to limit the number of tackle plays and came out of it healthy, which is a goal of ours.  We've come a long way over the first month, but we've got a long way to go as we continued to try and develop depth."

The offense registered a pair of scores — a 3-yard scoring run by fullback Kealand Dirks and 75-yard pass completion from quarterback P.J. Blazejowski to wide receiver Bailey Rogers.

The defense answered with a pair of  interception returns for touchdowns — the first on a 27-yard pickoff by cornerback Bradford Lemmons, who made the switch from wide receiver this spring, and a 75-yard pick-six by defensive end Dru Seabrook.

"That's something Bradford wanted to do (make the switch to defense) with our new defensive structure."

Blazejowski, the heir apparent to take over the signal calling duties following the graduation of Reese Hannon, completed 6-of-12 passes for 136 yards and one score.  He was the victim of Seabrook's interception return.

Ten players carried the football, with A'lencio Graham, a converted wide receiver, leading the way with eight rushes for 58 yards.  

Triston Luke had eight rushes for 32 yards Darius Morehead registered five carries for 26 yards.

Wide receiver Thomas Gordon tallied three catches for 57 yards, and fellow wideout Logan McCarter collected three passes for 27 yards.

Players earning mention by Hendrix for their strong work this spring include Jaylan Reid, Blazejowski, and Matthew Schmidt.

"Jaylan Reid is a guy who has played well this spring.  We don't have many defensive linemen right now, so we try to get him out of there some.

"I think P.J. has had a good spring and has adjusted well to the changes, and Matt Schmidt is a guy who stands out to me.

"Our goal is to get 'em to block and tackle, and be smart about it and stay healthy."

Furman has three practices remaining in its spring season, which it will conclude next week, according to Hendrix.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information