Kordenbrock tossed TD strikes to sophomore wide receiver Samuel Patterson (60 yards) and junior Dexter Bridge (8 yards) as the tandem turned in big numbers for the receiving corps. Patterson led all wideouts with five catches for 133 yards and also added receptions of 39 and 17 yards to his workday tally. Both of Bridge’s receptions on the day resulted in scores. Redshirt senior quarterback A.J. Augustine connected with Bridge for a 16-yard scoring strike in the back part of the end zone on the final play of the scrimmage.
The Keydets ran 57 scrimmage plays during the two-hour workout that mark the program’s first spring scrimmage outside of Lexington. The offense netted 15 first downs on the day, but the defense turned in strong play as well generating 10 negative yardage plays including six sacks.
Sophomore running back Ethan Preston led all ground gainers with 11 carries for 49 yards rushing while Augustine completed 7-of-9 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown to spark the offense. Redshirt junior wide receiver James Rogers caught four aerials for 32 yards and senior Alec Thompson snagged three balls for 27 yards.
Defensively, redshirt junior outside linebacker Logan Staib logged six tackles including a tackle-for-loss and a sack while junior defensive back and redshirt senior outside linebacker William Hyman had four tackles (1 TFL). Tackles-for-loss were also posted by redshirt junior defensive tackle John Washington (two tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass break up) and sophomore defensive back Alex James ( 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass breakup). Inside linebackers Weston Reber (3 tackles, two-for-loss) and Miller Williams (3 tackles) also turned in strong play.
“I thought we had a very productive practice and we were able to throw around the ball a little bit,” said Woods on the scrimmage. “The people of Roanoke were wonderful putting this on and this was a great facility to have the scrimmage. I was impressed with our quarterback and thought he was sharp today. I think defensively we were pressuring the quarterback well and thought we tackled well at linebacker. We didn’t have a turnover or drop the ball and we had a chance to get our hands on a couple on defense.”
VMI will hold another scrimmage next Saturday in Lexington at 1:30 at Foster Stadium
SCRIMMAGE NOTES – The day was sponsored in part by the Williamson Road Area Business Association in conjunction with the Roanoke Chapter of the VMI Alumni Association…the offense committed just two penalties – one holding which was declined and a false start…redshirt senior tight end Mario Thompson left the scrimmage early with an injured left knee and did not return and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Robert deWolff sustained a hyperextended elbow …no kicking or punting plays took place in the scrimmage…Woods praised the play of redshirt defensive tackle Joe Nelson and said he reminds him of All-Big South performer Charlie Jones who completed his standout Keydet career last fall.