CHARLESTON, S.C. - Defense reigned supreme as Charleston Southern football hit the field for its second scrimmage of the spring season on Saturday afternoon.
The Buccaneers defense controlled the tempo throughout most of the afternoon contest after the offense highlighted the first scrimmage with several drives and a long touchdown pass.
Edward King and J.D. Sosbee set the standard for the defense on Saturday as the Buccaneers' rising senior linebacker duo were both active early. King made an early tackle for loss, while Sosebee came up with the hit to end the first drive of the day
Jarrod Stanley, Zach Hayden, and Hombre Kennedy all recorded interceptions on the day for the Buccaneers' defense, while Ramero Rock and Jahid Beamon were active behind the line of scrimmage. Evan Cruz also came up with several key hits on third down plays to highlight the defensive backs in the scrimmage.
The defense's efforts were not lost on Head Coach Autry Denson as he has particular praise for the unit.
"I think the defense has done a great job all spring," Denson said. "We have high expectations for those guys around here because of the work they've done over the last few seasons. They did a great job of just playing the game and took advantage of their opportunities."
Offensively, the Bucs passing game heavily featured returning redshirt junior wide receiver Kameron Brown as the Graniteville, S.C. native hauled in several early catches and helped move the chains. Rising redshirt junior Jaquan Williams was also active with a key third down pick-up to help the Bucs move the ball across midfield during the scrimmage.
Quarterbacks Jack Chambers and Christian Reid were also able to showcase their athleticism outside the pocket as the Bucs' duo both were able to escape the pressure for long runs on Saturday.
The positives from the scrimmage were not lost on Denson as the Buccaneers wrapped up their eighth practice of the spring.
"It was a clean scrimmage today," Denson commented. "We had some penalties, but they were effort penalties, and you can't be mad at that. The good thing about today, as with all of our practices, is that we're continuing to learn what we can do and what we can't do, and continuing to take advantage of the time we have out here."
The Buccaneers' spring practice schedule continues over the next two weeks as Charleston Southern builds up to the April 13 Spring Game at Buccaneer Field. Over the next few practices, Denson and the Bucs' coaching staff will continue to evaluate and work with the team as they keep moving forward.
"We're going over everything," Denson said. "We're trying to figure out who is going to play where, and who has a role. Times like these are invaluable to us because we're able to watch film, figure out the guys who are stepping up and build with them. We're also working with and encouraging our other guys to keep moving forward. It's a team effort and we need them all."
The CSU Spring Football Game is set for April 13 at 1 p.m. at Buccaneer Field. The Bucs are back on the field on Monday, April 1, with practice set to start at 6 a.m.