Football Squad Showcases Scoring Touch In Second Scrimmage
April 7, 2000
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- In the last practice inside the Memorial Stadium "Bubble", the University of Illinois football team took to the field for the second scrimmage of the spring season, in front of an Illini crowd of 200.
The Illini offense put together three scoring drives, including a 35-yard touchdown pass to freshman Eric McGoey from Champaign native Dustin Ward in the first half of play. Sophomore tailback Antoineo Harris began the scoring with a 2 yard run, followed by the McGoey catch.
In the second half, the defense got on the board with linebacker Mon Long's interception of backup quarterback Walter Young and 30-yard return for touchdown. After fullback Jameel Cook took a Kurt Kittner seven-yard reception into the endzone, sophomore safety Marc Jackson stripped fullback Carey Davis and returned the fumble recovery for 65 yards and a score.
"Today's practice was very heated and the effort was great," head coach Ron Turner said. "Guys were flying to the ball and both the offense and the defense really came out the play. It was good the see the defense play so well and the offense execute the way they should."
Mon Long led the defense with nine tackles in the 80-play scrimmage, followed by linebacker Robert Franklin with seven.
The Illini will be back in action for the last week of spring preparation before the spring game scheduled for April 15 at 2 p.m. Practices are scheduled for Monday, April 10, Wednesday, April 12 and Thursday, April 13.
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: