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FRAZIERíS THREE TOUCHDOWN EFFORT LEADS OFFENSE IN FIRST SCRIMMAGE

Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
         
Release: August 20, 2011
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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.- The offense four  scored touchdowns, all on passing plays, while the defense had a pair of interceptions and six sacks on the day as Monmouth wrapped up its first intrasquad scrimmage of the 2011 season.

I thought there was a really good give and take today on both sides of the ball," said Head Coach Kevin Callahan, who begins his 19th season at the helm.  "I am happy in where we are at I think we showed the ability to be explosive on offense with a number of people contributing, especially at the running back and wide receiver positions.  We showed our TE position has some depth to it, and I thought that Kyle Frazier had a very good day."

Redshirt Junior quarterback Kyle Frazier (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus)  was an impressive 13-of-16 for 209 yards with no interceptions and three touchdowns, with a 53 yard  TD pass to tight end Mike McLafferty (Morgan, N.J./War Memorial).  McLafferty and junior tight end Tyler George (Berkeley Heights, N.J./Gov. Livingston) had big days for the Hawks, combing for over 100 yards and a touchdown.  George finished with four catches for 67 yards, including a 38 yarder while McLafferty had two grabs for 64 yards including the long scoring pass.

The wideouts also did not disappoint, with sophomore Thaddeus Richards (Columbus, N.J./Northern Burlington) catching four passes for 54 yards to lead the way.  Mitchell Pollard (Silver Spring, Md./Spring Valley) had four catches for 35 yards but had a key block on McLafferty's TD that allowed the tight end to reach the endzone. Junior Tristan Roberts (Ansonia, Conn./Ansonia (Lackawanna CC)) finished with four catches for 36 yards and a touchdown, thrown from Greg DePugh (Morris Plains, N.J./Parsippany Hills).   Backup quarterback Craig Peterson (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) was six for 12 for 64 yards with an interception.

All told, six running backs touched the ball with some success but it was Peter Nagy's (East Hanover, N.J./Hanover Park/Montclair State) 39 yard touchdown on a screen that highlighted the position.  Nagy caught the ball on the near side of the field, waited for his blockers, made some defenders miss and then cut diagonally across the field to score on the play.  Freshman Julian Hayes (Middletown, Conn./Xavier/The Hun School) led the ground game with 39 yards on eight carries for a 4.9 yard average.  Nagy busted a 26 yard run later in the scrimmage on one of his two attempts.  Senior Balial Sloan El (Pennsauken, N.J./Roman Catholic [Pa.]) had 21 yards on six carries- all early on in the scrimmage.

"On the defensive side, I was happy with the pass rush we were able to generate, especially with the first group out there," said Callahan. "We showed we have speed on the edges this year. I liked the fact that we made some big plays on defense including stops in short yardage situations. We had the offense in some long yard situations on the day and forced a couple of turnovers."   

The defense had six sacks from six different players with a total of 16 tackles-for-a-loss.  Junior Don Brooks III (Newark, Del./Caraval Academy) scored for the defense after taking a 49 yard interception to the house.  Brooks, who had five tackles in the game, led the MU linebackers in 2010 in picks with two.  Senior middle linebacker Chris Mastrangelo (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) had five tackles including a sack while the defensive line had a number of key players step up.  Senior Ian Simon (West Windsor, N.J./West Windsor Plainsboro/Howard) had three tackles but one was a sack and one was a seven yard loss while Jimmy Lawson (Manchester, N.J./Manchester) had five tackles, two of which were for losses.  Preseason All-American Jose Gumbs (Queens, N.Y./Hebron) had three stops and a sack in the game.  The other interception came by way of freshman Pat Gray (Westfield, N.J./Hargrave Military Academy), who had three tackles and the interception.  It took until the sixth offensive drive of the game for the defense to yield points, with junior Mike Upham (Clifton, Va./Centreville) blocking a field goal attempt on the second drive of the afternoon.

Eric Spillane (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) handled the place kick duties, with made field goals of 37, 32 and 32 yards.  Spillane and freshman Ryan Mohr (West Orange, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) punted in the 115+ play scrimmage.

"It's the type of thing you want to have in an intrasquad scrimmage, both sides finding success," explained Callahan.  "If one side completely dominates it is not necessarily a good thing.   I am happy with where we are at, we still have a ways to go but we have one more week of camp left."

The Hawks will hold one more scrimmage, next Friday at 1 p.m. on Kessler Field.

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