COLLEGE PARK – Led by three first-half touchdowns by Marcus Leak, the Red team beat the White team 21-16 in the University of Maryland football team’s annual Red v. White spring game. Leak, a senior from Charlotte, North Carolina, had 132 yards on six catches. On the defensive end for the Red team, junior defensive […]
COLLEGE PARK – Led by three first-half touchdowns by Marcus Leak, the Red team beat the White team 21-16 in the University of Maryland football team’s annual Red v. White spring game.
Leak, a senior from Charlotte, North Carolina, had 132 yards on six catches. On the defensive end for the Red team, junior defensive end Yannick Ngakoue led the charge, pressuring redshirt sophomore Shane Cockerille throughout the game and recording multiple sacks.
With presumed starting quarterback Caleb Rowe out, Cockerille played with the first team offense and struggled during the scrimmage completing only 25 percent of his passes, 5-20, for 102 yards and an interception. Cockerille, a former Elite-11 prospect, missed open receivers on multiple occasions both when under pressure and with a clean pocket.
Similarly, redshirt junior Perry Hills, who started at quarterback for the Red team, was also inconsistent on the day and completed only 12 of his 24 attempts on the day, half of which were hauled in by Leak. Hills threw for 214 yards but also threw an interception.
“I told Marcus, “Let’s go back to my true freshman year, let’s do what we did then,” Hills said.
Both teams ran the 4-3,which new defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski installed this spring, however it took the White team much longer to get adjusted than their Red opponents. The Red team only allowed three first-half points, scored on a 50-yard field goal by reigning Lou Groza Award winner Brad Craddock.
The White team’s defense, led by sophomore Antwaine Carter who had an interception in the first quarter, ended the half on a strong note after giving up 21 points early, putting up a goal-line stand before blocking a field goal attempt as the half ended. In the second half the White team pitched a shutout.
Early in the third quarter the White team was able to punch through and get into the end zone on a 56-yard run by senior running back Brandon Ross to cut Red’s lead to 21-10. The White team was successful running the ball in the second half, as Ross and junior running back Jacquille Veii helped carry the offense for most the of the game while Cockerille struggled. Ross and Veii finished with 102 yards on 13 attempts and 40 yards on 10 attempts respectively.
After the game, head coach Randy Edsall said that the team had multiple running backs that could come in and make plays. He also specifically praised Veii, saying that he loves his desire, passion and “what he does out there [on the field].”
The White team scored in the closing minutes of the game on a three-yard run by junior running back Kenneth Goins Jr. to cut the score to 21-16 but was unable to overcome Leak’s three early scores.
“We came out, executed and put some points up,” Leak said after the game. “That was the main goal today.”