LEXINGTON, VA. – VMI senior quarterback Eric Kordenbrock threw three touchdown passes – two to sophomore receiver Sam Patterson – to highlight VMI’s second and final scrimmage of preseason camp Thursday afternoon at Foster Stadium.
The 82-play workout was delayed 33 minutes because of lightning in the area, but the layout didn’t affect Kordenbrock as he immediately fired a 31-yard strike to Patterson when the scrimmage resumed. Kordenbrock later teamed up with Patterson for scoring strikes of 12 and 29 yards before connecting with redshirt junior Doug Burton for a 35-yard touchdown pass near the end of the scrimmage.
Kordenbrock on the day completed 8 of 14 passes for 131 yards and three touchdowns including four aerials to Patterson who led the receiving corps with 79 yards.
The ground game was bolstered by junior running back Jabari Turner who led all rushers with 85 yards on 14 carries including a scrimmage-long 37-yard dash. Junior Deon Watts, recently moved back to running back after a stint at wide receiver, gained 78 yards on 11 carries and turned in a 28-yard carry.
Defensive play was highlighted by two-goal line stands late in the scrimmage which forced the offense to settle for a pair of short-range field goals by freshman kicker Dillon Christopher.
Junior inside linebacker Miller Williams topped the defensive charts with eight tackles, followed by junior defensive back Caleb Furlow, redshirt senior outside linebacker William Hyman, sophomore linebacker Caleb Lindsey, redshirt defensive lineman John Washington, and redshirt inside linebacker Ty Garvin with four tackles each. Garvin registered a five-yard sack early in the scrimmage and redshirt sophomore inside linebacker Dakota Nicely (interception) and redshirt defensive lineman Joe Nelson (fumble recovery) forced turnovers.
The scrimmage brought the end to traditional preseason camp with classes for the fall term to begin early next week. VMI opens up the 2013 season August 31 at Richmond in a 6pm kickoff at Robins Stadium.
“I thought it was a physical scrimmage and they got after each other pretty hard,” said head coach Sparky Woods. “Looked like the defensive unit flew to the ball and played the run well and I saw a lot of people around the ball like John Washington and Joe Nelson making plays. We gave up a big play or two which was the execution of our offense and not really the lack of our defense. Offensively, we couldn’t establish something early but we got Eric Kordenbrock a lot of reps and I thought he played pretty well and we didn’t drop balls.”
“We have some video from today that will help us make some final decisions in terms of player roles on this football team as we prepare for our assignments against an outstanding Richmond team.”