Football Holds Lengthy First Scrimmage of Camp

LEXINGTON, Va. - Freshman wideout Jakob Herres hauled in three touchdown receptions to highlight VMI Football’s first full-scale scrimmage held Saturday at Foster Stadium.

The Keydets conducted a 100-play scrimmage that followed kicking game scenarios and were able to conclude the workout before late afternoon heavy showers moved into the Lexington area.

“It was good to be in our stadium on grass under game conditions and the 1:30 start time Saturday was the same as our home games,” said Wachenheim . “It was a competitive scrimmage – about a hundred plays – and we got all the kicking situations in. Overall, the scrimmage wrapped up a good start to the first full week of training camp.”

The first score of the scrimmage was produced by the defense when safety Tim Smith returned a fumble 24 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second possession. The defense held the upper hand the next drive forcing the offense to a three-and-out at the 29-yard line.

The offense churned out an 11-play, 69-yard drive capped by redshirt junior Austin Coulling’s six-yard floater snagged by Herres in the left corner of the end zone. The play came on a fourth down call.

The defense produced stops on the next four drives including a fourth-and-goal and the one-yard line before the offense clicked into gear with three consecutive scoring possessions.

Sophomore quarterback Reece Udinski  got the TD string going when he connected on a 22-yard scoring strike to junior Rohan Martin. Herres then snagged consecutive TD aerials from Coulling and Udinski covering 24 and 28 yards, respectively.    

Freshman quarterback Syour Fludd ended the scrimmage scoring when he threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to fellow Richmond freshman Michael Jackson.

Udinski completed 12 of 19 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns while Coulling was 14 of 20 for 143 yards and a score. Herres finished his big day with five catches for 71 yards and three touchdowns and Martin added a five-catch afternoon for 80 yards and a TD and the longest play of the scrimmage – a 35-yard reception from Udinski. Other active receivers were senior Mason Dermott (4 catches, 42 yards) and redshirt sophomore Matt Blaser (4 catches, 38 yards).

Redshirt junior running back Quan Myers led the ground game with 10 carries for 45 yards.

On the defensive front, junior Ryan Clark, redshirt junior Jarrod Richmond, and sophomore Jordan Ward all produced tackles-for-loss and redshirt junior linebacker Tyler Fedison added three solo stops. Sophomore Noah Delaney-Manuel and freshman linebacker Liam Kauthen each reached the QB for scrimmage sacks. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Connor Riddle and outside linebacker Uzoma Kpaduwa produced the biggest hits of the day with a jarring tackles on receivers.

Junior placekicker Reed King connected on field goal tries of 20 and 39 yards in the kicking session prior to the scrimmage.

Recapping the day, Wachenheim added “Our offense showed some big play potential with a couple deep shots on the throws and there were some good runs by Quan Myers. I thought the defense did a really good job tackling all day long. They made the offense earn the field.”

The Keydets resume practice Monday with the ninth workout of preseason camp scheduled at 9 am at Fiorini Field.