Bucs conclude spring with Ballad Health Blue-Gold game
Published 11:37 pm Thursday, April 21, 2022
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JOHNSON CITY – ETSU Football concluded the first spring season under first-year head coach George Quarles, capping off the spring with the annual Ballad Health Blue Gold Spring Game Thursday night at William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium.
“I am very encouraged and excited,” stated Coach Quarles. “This is a great group of guys that have worked hard and done everything that we asked them to do. They have been physical and they have been professional. We did a lot in the preseason and I couldn’t be more proud about how they handled this spring.”
In the four quarters of action, the offense picked up 400 yards, including 260 in the air, while also finding the endzone three times. In the passing game, Brock Landis (Hoschton, Ga.) led the way with a 13-for-21 night for 131 yards and one score, a 52-yard strike to Adriel Clark (Suwanee, Ga.).
Meanwhile, Tyler Riddell (Tampa, Fla.) had an efficient game passing, finishing 8-of-11 for 32 yards and one touchdown.
The ground game featured a heavy dose of Adrian Johnson (Hendersonville, Tenn.) with a team-high eight carries for 54 yards and one score.
Johnson broke free for a 41-yard touchdown sprint midway through the opening frame. Junior All-American Jacob Saylors (Jasper, Tenn.) only handled the ball six times for 15 yards.
Clark and Tanner Corum (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the team in receptions with three apiece, with Clark finishing the game with 73 yards and Corum adding 52 of his own.
The defense finished the game with 56 tackles, including 7.0 tackles for loss. The Gold unit also came away with two interceptions, one from Marquez Henry (Phenix City, Ala.) and one from Sheldon Arnold, II (Loganville, Ga.).
Chris Hope (Madison, Ala.) led the way with 7.5 tackles during the game, followed by George Odimegwu (Spring Hill, Tenn.) with 7.0. Stephen Scott (Greensboro, N.C.) had the lone sack in the game, finishing the outing with 4.0 total tackles.
The Bucs also held punt drills where Nate Brackett (Rockwood, Tenn.) and Garrett Taylor (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) split time as the punter. Brackett averaged 44.8 yards per punt, netting 179 total yards in four attempts. Taylor added four punts for 144 yards, averaging 36.0 per kick.
Tyler Keltner (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Trace Kelly (Gallatin, Tenn.) each knocked in one field goal. Keltner connected from 37 yards out, while Kelly added a 35-yard field goal of his own.
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