There were several positives that Arkansas Tech head football coach Steve Mullins pointed to following the Green and Gold Scrimmage on Tuesday night, but the crowd support shown by Tech students at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field was foremost on his mind.
"I was very pleased by our great student crowd tonight," said Mullins. "It was probably the biggest one I've seen since I've been here. It excited our players and it made our coaches feel good. It was great to see the band out. I want to express my thanks to the folks in student services and everyone else who made tonight possible."
As for the scrimmage, the Green team earned a 34-0 victory over the Gold team in what was the final tune-up for Arkansas Tech before the beginning of the 2011 season.
Trayshun King had five carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns for the Green side. Tavin Davis (photographed) added a 4-yard touchdown run and A.J. Whitmore scored on a 53-yard scamper.
The other scoring play of the night came on a 44-yard punt return for a touchdown by Byron Gadsden.
Preston Conder and James Landry split time at quarterback for the Green team, which included the anticipated starters for Arkansas Tech during the upcoming 2011 season.
Conder completed 4-of-5 passes for 64 yards, while Landry was 4-of-4 through the air for 45 yards.
The Green team racked up 285 yards of total offense in less than two quarters of play.
The Green defense was equally dominant. It held the Gold offense to minus-4 yards of total offense and zero first downs.
The intrasquad game marked the conclusion of the two-week preseason camp for the Wonder Boys. As of the beginning of class on Wednesday, they will begin to get into their game-week routine in preparation for the season opener at the University of Arkansas at Monticello on Saturday, Sept. 3.
"I've been more than pleased with the attitude to push through the humidity and push through the heat," said Mullins when asked to evaluate preseason camp. "We've had some hot days in the past since I've been here, but I think this might be the most humid camp we've had. All the guys --- the ones who are lean, the ones who are not so lean --- they suffer in that humidity. But our team maintained a good attitude, and it's been a good group to watch as it has come together."
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