Football Holds First Full-Contact Scrimmage Of The Spring
April 1, 2000
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois football team took to the field Saturday afternoon for the spring season's first full-contact scrimmage at the North Fields on First and Stadium Drive, following a motivational pre-scrimmage talk by Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach Tony Dungy, who was in town for the IHSA coaches clinic.
The Illini offense scored two touchdowns on the Illinois defense, one of which engineered by Champaign-native quarterback Dustin Ward on a 44-yard touchdown pass to backup quarterback/receiver Walter Young for the day's first score. Later in the second half, sophomore tailback Antoineo Harris scored on a one-yard run, set up by a 21-yard catch by sophomore Brandon Lloyd from Kurt Kittner.
"The offense wasn't as sharp as we had thought it would be, but this just goes to show this team that we still need to work even though we have 10 starters returning from last season's team," Illinois head coach Ron Turner said. "The defense came out very motivated and determined today and the team that does that will most likely win."
Centennial-grad Quincy Washington led all rushers with 40 yards on 10 carries, including a 14-yard breakaway. Junior Rocky Harvey had 26 yards on seven carries, while fullback Carey Davis totaled 29 yards on six tries. Kittner passed for 78 yards on 12 completions, while Ward tallied 83 yards.
UNDER THE LIGHTS: Notice the change in the practice schedule, Illinois will practice under the lights on Friday, April 7th at the Illinois Soccer Field off St. Mary's Rd. The practice will be open to the public and the media and will feature some 11-on-11 scrimmage work.
PRACTICE TIMES: Practices are open to the public and media and photographers will be able to shoot the first 20 minutes. The 2000 spring practice times are as follows: