CCU football goes deep, wraps up spring practice

Coastal Carolina concluded its spring practices with its annual Spring Game Friday night at Brooks Stadium.

The two-hour session included various formats, including two live sessions that featured the first and second offensive units against the first and second defensive units. The offense claimed a 27-15 win over the defense.

“The Spring Game is hard to evaluate, but we know what we need to work on. We played a lot of people tonight. Everyone on the field had an opportunity to play, even multiple plays, so I feel good about that. One problem we had was too many penalties, but we’ll get those things addressed. Overall though it’s a good start for this team,” said CCU head coach Joe Moglia.

The final portion of the night featured a live scrimmage. Once again it was the first and second units matched against each other, this time with the offense starting its drives on its own 35.

The first unit with Anderson moved into the defensive end thanks to passes of 23 and 16 yards to Kendrick Lowery and Larry Collins Jr., respectively. The drive stalled, however, resulting in a 35-yard field goal by Massimo Biscardi.

The seconds took the field with Thrasher under center, and again moved into the defense’s end of the field. The offense managed to convert a 4th and 2 attempt, but the defense eventually stalled the drive. A 45-yard field goal attempt by Luis Ferreira was missed wide.

Carpenter took the field with the first unit, and provided the first touchdown of the live scrimmage. The drive was highlighted by a 15-yard pass from Carpenter to Lowery, and a 23-yard rush by Alex James. Carpenter finished the drive with a six-yard scamper to the end zone.

The seconds closed the night with Bradley leading the offense. The offense’s first drive ended at its own 46, but with a second drive was able to punch it in on a 13-yard TD run by Carolina Forest product Anthony McAfee.

The coaching staff singled out a few players on each side of the ball that have performed well during the 15 spring practices.

Offensively, true freshman quarterback Bryce Carpenter has shown some positive signs as practices have progressed. Presbyterian transfer running back Torrance Marable has been a pleasant surprise and Marcus Outlow has had a really good spring.

On the offensive line, right guard Brock Hoffman has been a steady presence, but there have had too many of the offensive linemen in red jerseys (injured) to get a real feel for the unit. Wide receivers Larry Collins Jr., and Jeremiah Miller have taken their games to a higher level.

Defensively, end Tarron Jackson and tackle C.J. Brewer have stood out. Linebacker James Heft, who played well in the games Shane Johnson missed last fall, has really stepped up this spring. In the secondary safety Fitz Wattley and corner Preston Carey have made a lot of plays.

Like the offensive line, established players like Silas Kelly and Ja’ree Tolbert on defense have battled injuries. However, the positive coming out of these players being limited is that a lot of younger players have gotten valuable time on the field.

– Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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