Run­ners rack up yardage for Bears

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL/GOLF -

A week af­ter av­er­ag­ing less than 3 yards per carry in their first scrim­mage, the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Arkansas Bears em­pha­sized the run­ning game in Sat­ur­day’s sec­ond scrim­mage at Estes Sta­dium in Con­way.

Four play­ers com­bined for 264 yards and 7 touch­downs on 32 car­ries (8.3 yards per carry) as the Bears pre­pare for their Sept. 2 sea­son opener at Kansas State.

“All in all, I was pleased,” head Coach Steve Camp­bell said. “It was a good sec­ond scrim­mage. The ones and twos had zero turnovers, so that’s some­thing I’m very pleased with this time of year. I thought we ran the ball a lot bet­ter this week than we did a week ago.”

Red­shirt fresh­men run­ning backs Dy­lan Smith (3-69, 1 TD) and Kierre Cross­ley ( 9- 61, 2 TDs) led the rush­ing at­tack. All- South­land Con­fer­ence sopho­more Car­los Black­man added 51 yards and 2 touch­downs on 7 car­ries af­ter sit­ting out last week’s scrim­mage, and ju­nior trans­fer Kevin Mom­no­hin and se­nior Bran­don Cox com­bined for 83 more yards and 2 scores on 13 car­ries.

“[We’re] get­ting the ball on the out­side in the run game,” Camp­bell said. “We’ve been so in­side-gap con­science … we’re get­ting the ball on the perime­ter now and that’s been a big plus for us.”

Four quar­ter­backs com­bined to com­plete 14 of 18 passes for 221 yards and 4 touch­downs. Se­nior Hayden Hilde­brand was 6 for 6 for 81 yards and 3 TDs. Red­shirt fresh­man Breylin Smith went 3 for 4 for 64 yards and a touch­down, while ju­nior Kirk Baugh com­bined to go 5 for 8 for 66 yards with sopho­more Kolt Harfield.

Fresh­man Bran­don My­ers had 2 catches (both touch­downs) for 70 yards, while fresh­man Lu­juan Win­ning­ham added 2 re­cep­tions for 53 yards and an­other score.

“I thought Bran­don My­ers … he showed up in the last scrim­mage,” Camp­bell said. “And he’s shown up dur­ing prac­tice, just mak­ing plays. And you go, ‘Well, there’s a play. Can you do it again?’ Then he does it again and you go, ‘Well, he’s pretty good.’ But now you’re start­ing to see it enough to where you re­al­ize that kid is a big-time play­maker.

The de­fense also had some play­mak­ers, ac­cord­ing to Camp­bell.

“De­fen­sively, I thought we did some good things,” he said. “We gave up a ball or two that we can’t give up, but I was pleased. [Se­nior end] Chris Cham­bers, he shows up ev­ery time. No­body plays harder than Chris. But there are times when he can take over and he’s hard to block man, com­ing off that edge.

“I like our pass rush. I think we have good pass rush­ers. With Cham­bers, Eric Jack­son, Chris Terrell … Chris Terrell is a re­ally good player. [Se­nior rover] Ge­orge [Odum] didn’t show up a lot to­day, but our plan was to not play him a whole lot.”

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