Saturday, April 10, 2010

Graham has big day for N.C. State in scrimmage

With offensive coordinator Dana Bible feeling healthy enough to call the plays, N.C. State aired it out a bit more during Saturday’s spring scrimmage at Carter-Finley Stadium.

Junior wide receiver T.J. Graham took advantage of the opportunity with a big performance. Graham caught six passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns.

"This is probably as good as I’ve seen him go up and catch the football,” coach Tom O’Brien said. “He made some catches today that he hasn’t made going up for balls and bringing them down. So it’s a good sign for him, but once again, he’s got to do it again [next] week. It just can’t be a one-day thing.”

Mike Glennon was 17-for-28 passing for 170 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Daniel Imhoff was 6-for-14 for 123 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Walk-on Travis Leggett led the rushers with 35 yards on 15 carries. Josh Czajkowski was 2-for-3 on field goal attempts, and Natanu Mageo led the defense with nine tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack.

Redshirt freshman defensive end Darryl Cato-Bishop made 3 ½ tackles for loss, including two sacks. O’Brien said Bible, who’s undergoing cancer treatment, felt healthy enough for the first time to call the plays for an entire scrimmage.

"Obviously there was more passing than when Coach O’Brien calls the game,” O’Brien said. “Which is good, because we needed to give Michael a chance to throw the ball. A week ago the question was why Czajkowski kicked so many field goals because the offense couldn’t score.

"Well, in the red zone segment today Glennon threw some touchdown passes. So he gets better. But it’s the yin and yang of spring football again. If he gets better, now the defense has got to step it up because he stepped it up.”

Ken Tysiac