Wednesday, August 8, 2007

N.C. State's intrasquad scrimmage

Coach Tom O’Brien emerged from N.C. State’s first fall intrasquad scrimmage Wednesday evening disappointed with his players’ lack of consistent production and leadership.

"It could be a function of many different things - the newness of the system or the heat," O’Brien said.

Tailback Toney Baker was among the statistical leaders with seven carries for 38 yards and a touchdown along with a 13-yard touchdown catch. Andre Brown rushed seven times for 33 yards. Tight end Matt Kushner had two catches for 30 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown reception.

Incumbent starter Daniel Evans led the quarterbacks, going 7-for-10 for 61 yards and a touchdown. Harrison Beck (3-for-6, 54 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception), Justin Burke (3-for-7, 23 yards, 2 interceptions) and Russell Wilson (3-for-6, 48 yards, 1 interception) also played quarterback in the 75-play scrimmage.

Nate Irving made a team-leading five tackles. John Ware made four tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. Antoine Holmes had 2.5 tackles for loss.

The defense was a bit of a bright spot despite giving up three touchdowns.
"They tackled much better than they did in the spring," O’Brien said. "So that’s a positive." – Ken Tysiac