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Spring Practice Heads into Final Week

Spring Practice Heads into Final Week

Contact: Jim Stephan


Senior quarterback Fred Ray (left) and junior running back Justin Roush led the Bobcats in passing and rushing, respectively, during Ohio's second spring scrimmage Saturday.

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    ATHENS, Ohio ? The final week of Ohio's spring football practice begins Monday when the team has the first of three workouts in the next six days. The four-week session of 15 practices wraps up Saturday afternoon at Peden Stadium when the annual Green and White game kicks off at noon.

    To prepare for the final week, Ohio conducted its second scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning and saw the defense make improvements over its efforts in the first scrimmage April 16. Still, senior quarterback Fred Ray completed 17-of-19 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown.

    Ray also carried eight times for 21 yards. Justin Roush led all rushers with four carries for 43 yards, most of which came on a 36-yard scamper late in the contest. Redshirt freshman Philip Fountain also had a good day carrying the ball, totalling 25 yards on six attempts.

    Rushing: Justin Roush 4-43; Philip Fountain 6-25; Fred Ray 8-21; Brad Young 6-17; Ray Huston 7-15; Stafford Owens 1-11; Ike Simmons 1-1; Ryan Hawk 11-0-1 td; Anthony Hackett 1-(-2); Justin Halada 1-(-3).

    Passing: Fred Ray 17-19-0, 196 yards, 1 td; Ryan Hawk 9-20-1, 56 yards; Adam Porter 2-3-0, 21 yards.

    Receiving: Stafford Owens 6-42; Justin Halada 4-30; Anthony Hackett 3-85-1 td; Scott Mayle 2-13; Brian Ingram 2-11; D.T. Boon 2-30; Justin Riley 2-23; Bobby Teten 1-14; Todd Boulware 1-9; Adam Porter 1-7; Ryan Antle 1-5; Justin Roush 1-3; Brad Young 1-1; Frank Sanders 1-0.

    Quotes from Brian Knorr
    "Our offense moved the ball today and we made some big plays. The defense overall had a good day, too. I think Rob Stover had a great scrimmage and made a fantastic pick. This was by far out best practice of the spring. There was intensity and competition. I was exciting to let the guys compete, particularly the younger ones."