Spring sprung and football was in the air as the UVa-Wise football team hosted their annual spring game on April 28.
It was time for second-year Head Coach Dewey Lusk to see where his Cavs were after the four weeks of spring practice. In the game, Lusk’s offense scored 24 points on 16 offensive possessions.
Returning starting quarterback Tye Marshall looked more comfortable behind center as he was 15-of-24 for 203 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown came on a 22-yard strike to wide receiver Michel Steele.
Second-string quarterback Taylor Harmon, who mostly ran scout team last year, was 7-of-17 for 92 yards and a touchdown as he and Marshall looked to compete with each other for the starting job come August. Harmon had the big offensive play on the day, with a 46-yard pass to Ryan Bouldin.
The running game, which was strong last year, looked to be the same again this year, with Andre Dickerson getting most of the carriers and making good use of them. Dickerson carried the ball 10 times for 66 yards and a 21-yard touchdown run. Dickerson looks to be the number one guy going into to fall camp at the running back position.
Thomas Wright carried the ball nine times for 34 yards as he split carriers with Dickerson.
Special teams looked as solid as ever, as Paul Melshen booted a 30-yard field goal and was 3-3 on extra points on the day.
Defensive Coordinator Justin Hamilton must have been pleased with his defense’s play on Saturday, as Marcus Bratton, Vernon Payne, and Shahn Khan all had interceptions on the day, and Christian DeJarnette made plays all day long the defensive side of the ball.
The Cavaliers hope to use this spring to improve from their 5-6 record in 2011. Fall camp will begin August 3 for the Cavs and will open the season on the road against Bethel on August 25.