2008 Spring Game Reviews - MAC

Posted May 5, 2008

What happened in the MAC spring games? John Harris reviews the final scrimmages of the spring season.

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By John Harris



With enough depth to split the teams evenly, the Zips were able to play a regular game for the first time in the JD Brookhart era in Akron.  The Blue team eked out a 27-24 win behind the strong running of Dennis Kennedy who lit up the Gold for 117 yards on 16 carries, scoring two touchdowns to lead the way for the Blue.  Each quarterback had ups and downs – Chris Jacquemain threw three picks early, but looked solid the rest of the way.  Matt Rogers started strong and finished strong.  The two combined to go 30 of 55 for 422 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Bowling Green  

When it’s down to the wire in a spring game, what is the play call?  How about halfback pass from the four-yard line?  Yeah, right, that won’t work.  Well, in the annual Brown and Orange game it was the perfect play call.  Down 3-0 late in the game, quarterback Tyler Sheehan handed the ball to running back Anthony Turner who threw the game winner to receiver Freddie Barnes.  The 7-3 hard fought contest highlighted great defensive play on both sides.  Diyral Briggs had a whopping five sacks for the Brown team, while Michael Ream registered three sacks for the Orange.


Using a modified, spring game specific scoring system, the offense beat the defense 73-59 in the team’s annual Blue-White spring game.  Starting quarterback Drew Willy proved why he’s an All-MAC candidate, completing 16 of his 22 passes for just under 200 yards and a touchdown.  Running back Brandon Thermilus carried the ball 12 times for 91 yards and had a 16 yard touchdown run as well.

Kent State


Miami University   

Defense was the name of the game during the annual spring game.  The defense hammered the offense 77-42.  Linebacker Alex Kaufman got his head coach’s attention with a strong 12 tackle performance, while Morris Council had 2.5 sacks to lead in that category.  The Redhawks quarterbacks had plenty of opportunities to throw the football, tossing it 58 times, completing 36 passes for 292 yards.  However, this day was about the defense, even without its three starting linebackers.


Boo heard nothing but cheers during the annual Green and White spring game in Athens.  Quarterback Boo Jackson had a stellar day leading the White to a 20-14 win as he completed 80% of his 20 passes for 190 yards.  Theo Scott hit seven of 12 passes of 102 yards but he also threw two interceptions, both courtesy of Donovan Fletcher, who also had seven tackles on the day.  But, this was Boo’s show all the way.


The Cherry squad defeated the White team 21-6 in the team’s annual spring game.  Quarterback Vaughn Charlton accounted for all three touchdowns for the Cherry team, throwing an eight-yard touchdown pass, a 75-yard touchdown pass to receiver Bruce Francis and a one-yard quarterback sneak.  Linebacker Wallace Bates was the defensive star of the game, recording eight tackles, three sacks and four tackles for a loss.


Ball State  


Central Michigan

Potential All-American quarterback Dan LeFevour was his typical consistent self, completing 13 of 16 passes for 115 yards to lead the offense to a 45-42 win over the defense in the team’s annual spring game.  After incomplete passes on his first two attempts, LeFevour completed 13 of his next 14 passes, riddling the defense with his passing acumen.  In an interesting spring game twist, the defense was able to close the gap by winning some individual drills.

Eastern Michigan   


Northern Illinois

The winner of the Red and Black annual spring game was mother nature as the Huskies had to battle snow, rain, freezing temperatures and a plague of locusts.  Okay, so the part about the locusts isn’t true, but the cold weather forced the Huskies to keep the ball on the ground for much of the contest.  Quarterback DeMarcus Grady carried the stone eight times for 118 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown run for the offense.  Running back David Bryant accounted for 49 yards on five carries, while Justin Anderson and Chad Spann combined for 91 yards on 23 carries.



Western Michigan  

What can Brown do for you, huh?  Well, more or less, what can Brown do to you?  In the annual Brown and Gold spring game, the Brown squad shut-out the Gold 35-0 behind a strong defensive performance, in particular Zach Davidson.  All Davidson did was finish with 3.5 sacks and five tackles for a loss in an eye-popping performance.  The Brown team did have much of the first unit, but took care of business in such a dominating manner.  Running back Glenis Thompson was the team’s leading rusher, registering 86 yards on 14 carries, including a touchdown.