April 24, 2010
Athens, Ohio -
The Ohio football squad completed its spring Saturday with a modified scrimmage at Peden Stadium.
Running back Vince Davidson (Dayton, N.J.) picked up the lone touchdown on a 12-yard scamper and for the afternoon finished with 21 yards on six carries. Ryan Boykin (Woodstock, Ga.) was the top running back yardage-wise for the Bobcats with 36 yards on four carries.
Quarterback Phil Bates (Omaha, Neb.) completed nine of his 17 passes for 115 yards and ran the ball seven times for 65 yards, while counterpart Tyler Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) went 7 of 13 for 58 yards and picked up 12 yards on the ground.
Ohio's quarterbacks completed passes to 12 different receivers, with wideouts Terrence McCrae (Vanderbilt, Pa.), Steven Goulet (Irmo, S.C.) and Mario Dovell (Columbus, Ohio) catching two apiece. Tight end Jordan Thompson (Rockford, Ohio) had the longest catch of the day, a 26-yarder from Bates.
Linebacker Keith Moore (Grove City, Ohio) along with defensive linemen John Taylor (North Olmsted, Ohio) and Melvin Payne (Mobile, Ala.) led the Bobcat defense with four tackles apiece. Overall, the defense made 12 tackles for loss and three sacks. Payne and Moore each had one sack while Phillip Furbay (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Preston Oglesbee (Lewis Center, Oho) shared the third. The lone turnover of the game was on a muffed punt that was recovered by the punter himself, Paul Hershey (Fremont, Ohio) in the second quarter.
Head coach Frank Solich:
General thoughts on the spring game:
I thought it went pretty well. it went fairly smoothly. There weren't a lot of hang-ups or disruptions, penalties or things that slow the game down. I think if you have a spring scrimmage or a spring game go that way, that's about all you can ask for.
On the quarterback situation:
It's open. Boo (Jackson) does have the most experience. He's lined up and won football games for us, so you can't forget that. Obviously these other guys are being thrown into the mix. Tyler (Tettleton) is coming off a freshman season where he got some playing time and has had a really good spring.
We're going to have three guys there that I think deserve to be able to at least contend (for the starting job).
On Paul Hershey's performance:
Today was by far his best day. I'm glad to see him have a good day. He still needs to be consistent. Today was his most consistent kicking day since he's been here. The last one (punt) wasn't quite what you're looking for but the other ones had great height and good distance.
On his general feelings of this year's spring practice:
The effort of our guys has been great all spring. I think we're going to be a physical football team. I think we have good team speed and some playmakers. We're excited about what's going to happen in the fall. This summer will be huge for us in terms of the conditioning program and continuing to get stronger.