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Football Preps for Opener With Final Scrimmage of Fall

Aug. 26, 2010

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WACO, Texas - While sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for 170 yards and three touchdowns and got some help from an improved running game, the first-team defense threw a shutout and even scored a touchdown of its own as the Baylor football team went through its third and final preseason scrimmage Thursday night at Floyd Casey Stadium.

"It was good," head coach Art Briles said of the one-hour scrimmage. "We got live special teams, which we wanted. No. 2, we stayed healthy. We got some guys back playing that hadn't been playing as much. That's always good. And I just thought we were bouncing around. We ran the ball a little better, which was one of our goals. We picked up some big first downs and only had one three-and-out (with the first-team offense), and it really seemed liked they were flying around to the ball on defense."

Picking up where he left off in last Friday's scrimmage, RG3 was 13-of-18 for 170 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Sophomore Nick Florence was also effective, hitting 11-of-16 for 67 yards, but he threw a pick on a pass in the flat that was returned 46 yards for a touchdown by redshirt freshman defensive end Tevin Elliot.

"I don't celebrate too early," said defensive coordinator Brian Norwood. "I'm just trying to make sure they understand that we've got to continue to get better. We have a big game next week (in the Sept. 4 season opener against Sam Houston State), but we have a practice (Friday). Let's just take it one day at a time."

With Florence completing 3-of-4 passes for 24 yards and Isaac Williams picking up a first down with a five-yard run on third down, the second-team offense nearly opened with a score. But redshirt freshman kicker Aaron Jones came up just short on a 57-yard field goal attempt.

"We backed him up in some situations today, but the thing is we know he can make it," Briles said of Jones, who also missed from 49 yards but hit a 48-yarder with room to spare. "It gives you a chance to always feel good on every drive."

On his opening series, Griffin III kept the drive alive with a fourth-down conversion to Krys Buerck and then went back to the senior inside receiver for an 11-yard TD pass. Accounting for all the yards on the drive, RGIII was 6-of-10 for 65 yards.

Buerck, who also hauled in a 59-yarder for the offense's final score, finished as the leading receiver with four catches for 93 yards and two TDs.

"He just kind of games up," Briles said of Buerck. "He seems to be in the right place at the right time and understands game situations. Like I've said, you can't buy experience, you've got to live it. But there's a bunch of guys that we feel like are really, really capable."

That includes freshmen Darius Jones, Tevin Reese and Levi Norwood, who hauled in four passes apiece for a combined 93 yards. With junior Kendall Wright held out of Thursday's scrimmage, Reese and Norwood got a chance to run with the first-team offense at times.

"They're playmakers, but all of guys are," Briles said of his corps of freshman receivers. "They know what to do when they get the football in their hands. We're really pleased with their progress. We're not there yet, but we're making progress."

Elliot turned in one of the most impressive plays of the day when he picked off a Florence pass in the flat and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown.

Highlighting the improved rushing attack - 110 yards on 17 attempts by the four running backs (6.4-yard average) - were runs of 30 yards by sophomore Jarred Salubi and 44 by junior Evan Hearn.

Salubi's run set up the first-team offense for its second score on a 15-yard pass from Griffin III to fullback Kaeron Johnson, a converted defensive tackle.

Hearn led the way with 53 yards on five carries, while Salubi finished with 34 yards on just three attempts.

Other than Elliot's pick six, the defensive highlights included sacks by Gary Mason Jr. and Jeramie Roberts. Linebackers Elliot Coffey and Chris McAllister, cornerback Antareis Bryan and safety Byron Landor had four tackles apiece.

The Bears will work out Friday afternoon and take Saturday off before starting their game-week preparation on Sunday.

Krys Buerck 11 pass from Robert Griffin III (Aaron Jones kick)
Tevin Elliot 46 INT return (No kick)
Kaeron Johnson 15 pass from Robert Griffin III (Aaron Jones kick)
Aaron Jones 48 FG
Krys Buerck 59 pass from Griffin III (Ben Parks kick)

Robert Griffin III 13-18-170-0-3 TD; Nick Florence 11-16-67-1-0 TD; Bryce Petty 4-4-22-0-0 TD; Brody Trahan 2-3-6-0-0 TD; Team 0-1-0-0-0 TD.

Evan Hearn 5-53; Jarred Salubi 3-34; Isaac Williams 7-17; Brody Trahan 1-13; Terrance Ganaway 2-6; Bryce Petty 2-0; Nick Florence 2-[-6].

Krys Buerck 4-93 2 TD; Darius Jones 4-33; Tevin Reese 4-32; Levi Norwood 4-28; Lanear Sampson 2-23; Willie Jefferson 2-4; Thomas Draper 2-[-2]; Kaeron Johnson 1-15 TD; Stacy Williams 1-15; Jeff LePak 1-6; Antwan Goodley 1-6; Jerod Monk 1-5; Josh Gordon 1-4; Terrance Ganaway 1-2; Evan Hearn 1-1.

Antareis Bryan 4; Elliot Coffey 4; Byron Landor 4; Chris McAllister 4; LeQuince McCall 3; Robert Singletary 3; Tim Atchison 2; Mikail Baker 2; Romie Blaylock 2; Ahmad Dixon 2; Antonio Johnson 2; Charles Kelly 2; Tyler Pratt 2; Reggie Rice 2; Chris Buford 1; Chance Casey 1; Tuswani Copeland 1; Kedrick Dial 1; Chris Francis 1; Mike Hicks 1; Nicolas Jean-Baptiste 1; Logan Lanier 1; Terrance Lloyd 1; Gary Mason Jr. 1; Clifton Odom 1; Earl Patin 1; Matt Ritchey 1; Jeramie Roberts 1; Tracy Robertson 1; Phil Taylor 1; Marcus Veal 1; Sean Watson 1.

Gary Mason Jr. 1; Jeramie Roberts 1.

Tevin Elliot 1-46.

Derek Epperson 5-43.2.

Field Goals
Aaron Jones 1-3 (Long 48).



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