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Monday, April 18, 2011
Non-AQ spring games roundup

By Andrea Adelson

Here is a quick roundup of selected non-AQ spring games from this past weekend:

Boise State: The defense dominated with six three-and-outs, five sacks, a turnover and two red zone stops. Another sack was credited to Jarrell Root in the official statistics, but was not accounted for in the scoring. Bryan Douglas had the only interception of the day. Geraldo Hiwat stood out on offense with five catches for 97 yards. Drew Wright led Boise State in rushing with eight carries for 24 yards.

Buffalo: Senior wide receiver Marcus Rivers was the star with nine receptions for 198 yards and three touchdowns, including long scores of 65 and 68 yards. Quarterbacks Jerry Davis and Alex Zordich, competing for the starting job, combined to throw for 322 yards and three touchdowns -- including four completions of more than 40 yards.

East Carolina: The Pirates have had injury problems at center, which accounted for five missed snaps during the spring game. Coach Ruffin McNeill limited Dominique Davis so he could get a look at the other quarterbacks on the roster. Rio Johnson led all passers with 111 yards and a touchdown. Michael Dobson and Alex Owah were responsible for most of the rushing game, combining for 112 yards on 22 rushes. Defensively, the Pirates are now playing a 3-4 and had some good moments. Linebacker Jeremy Grove led all tacklers with seven, while the unit had six sacks and went 15 straight drives without allowing a score.

Memphis: The defense had 11 sacks, 17 tackles for loss and held the offense scoreless until the final half-hour of the two-hour Blue-Gray game. Andy Summerlin and Will Gilchrist split the quarterback duties in the game. Summerlin was 16-of-27 for 269 yards and three scores, while Gilchrist went 10-of-17 for 93 yards.

Nevada: Sophomore running back Stefphon Jefferson ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries to lead the offense. Tyler Lantrip overcame a slow start and finished 8-of-18 for 108 yards and one touchdown while rushing for another score. The defense had six stops on the first eight series of the scrimmage and created three turnovers.

Temple: Chester Stewart and Mike Gerardi played well as the two are in the mix to become the starting quarterback. Stewart started last season before Gerardi replaced him. They played on both teams Saturday. Stewart and Gerardi each went 6-of-8 with a touchdown for the Cherry team, while Gerardi was 7-of-10 for 97 yards and a TD and Stewart was 4-of-4 for 61 yards for the White team. Chris Coyer, also competing for the starting job, did not play in the game as a precaution because of a minor injury to his non-throwing hand. Running back Myron Myles had three scores.

Western Kentucky: Quarterback Kawaun Jakes was named the game’s MVP after going 10-of-16 for 157 yards and two touchdowns. He also picked up 40 rushing yards on nine carries as the Hilltoppers went with an up-tempo, no-huddle look. "We are 10 times better than we were last spring," coach Willie Taggart said.

Western Michigan: Tevin Drake rushed for 94 yards and Alex Carder was 14-for-18 for 110 yards and a touchdown. Keith Dixson led all defenders with 14 tackles and a pair of interceptions.