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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jimbo Fisher sees the potential and the play-making ability.
The consistency, he believes, will come in time.
The Florida State football team capped off its 2015 spring camp Saturday with the annual Garnet & Gold Game inside Doak Campbell Stadium. After a 38-17 Gold victory, Fisher saw plenty to be happy about but also plenty of room to improve between now and September.
Quarterback Sean Maguire, the redshirt junior who has led the first-team offense for most of the spring, guided the Garnet (first-team offense) to 394 total yards against the Gold (first-team defense).
He finished 22 of 44 for 289 yards and two interceptions, but was particularly strong during a second quarter in which he engineered two drives that ended with Dalvin Cook touchdowns.
Maguire completed seven of 11 passes for 124 yards in the second quarter, and was 15-of-33 for 165 yards in the other three quarters.
“We had some drives where we looked like a real great football team, then we had some drives where we didn’t,” Maguire said. “So I think up-and-down was the definition of today.”
Meanwhile, redshirt freshman J.J. Cosentino and freshman early-enrollee De’Andre Johnson combined for 332 yards and three touchdowns against the Garnet’s injury-plagued second-team defense.
Those numbers included six passes for 91 yards and a TD to tight end Mavin Saunders, four passes for 100 yards and a TD to sophomore Ermon Lane and two passes for 99 yards and a TD to freshman George Campbell.
Junior Jesus Wilson (8 catches, 114 yards) and redshirt freshman Ja’Vonn Harrison (5 catches, 94 yards) led the Garnet’s receiving effort.
C.J. Davidson ran for 100 yards and two scores to lead the White team to a 35-24 victory in Clemson’s Spring Football Game at Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon. The contest was played in brilliant sunshine and 78 degree weather in front an Orange & White Spring Game record crowd of 37,000.
The game concluded the spring practice season for Dabo Swinney’s Tigers, who are seeking a fifth straight season of at least 10 wins, something that has never been accomplished in Clemson football history.
The victorious White squad rushed for 212 yards and passed for 195 in a balanced performance. The White team finished with 407 yards in just 53 plays, an average of 7.7 yards per play. The 60-minute game featured three 15-minute quarters of normal clock rules, but the fourth period was played with a running clock.
Davidson was the top rusher in the game with the aforementioned 100 yards rushing. He had a 54- yard run for a score in the second period that gave the White team a 28-10 lead. He had also scored on a one-yard run earlier in the contest. Wayne Gallman, Clemson’s starting running back last season, had 71 yards in just seven carries and also scored a touchdown. Freshman C.J. Fuller of Easley, S.C., had 13-48 and also scored for the White team.
Quarterback Nick Schuessler played for both teams, while Kelly Bryant played for the Orange and Tucker Israel played for the White. Schuessler was a combined 11-17 passing for 201 yards and two touchdowns, one for each team.
Perfect weather led to a great crowd for the 2015 Kay Yow Spring Game. The culmination of the Pack's Spring Practice, the NC State football team was on display for fans at Carter-Finley Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The RED squad came away with a 16-3 win over the WHITE team, with Wolfpack fans donating over $16,000 which will be split between the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the Wolfpack Club's Kay Yow Endowment.
Jacoby Brissett played the first half and went 13-of-32 for 164 yards and 1 TD pass - 13 yards to Benson Browne. New back-up QB Jalan McClendon saw action for both sides, playing for the WHITE in the first half then switching over to RED for the second. He finished 16-of-36 for 144 seeing his first action inside Carter-Finley Stadium.
Matt Dayes finished with 57 yards rushing and 41 yards receiving, while freshman RB Reggie Gallaspy II combined for 131 yards on the ground. Fourteen different receivers caught a pass on the day.
The White squad scored first and never trailed en route to a 22-3 win over the Black team in Wake Forest's annual spring game on Saturday afternoon at BB&T Field.
John Wolford was the White team quarterback. He went 21-of-33 for 185 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Dezmond Wortham had three catches for 24 yards and 13 runs for 51 yards. He was responsible for White's first-quarter touchdown. Wortham caught a 12-yard pass from Wolford to cap off a seven-play, 62-yard drive that gave White a 10-0 advantage.
Adam Centers accounted for the Black team's only points with a second-quarter field goal. He connected from 26-yards out after an eight-play, 34-yard drive by the Black team.
Kendall Hinton quarterbacked for the Black team. He picked up 139 yards on 10-of-21 passing. Cortez Lewis made four catches with 87 yards and Cam Serigne added three catches for 23 yards.
Mike Weaver added two field goals in the second quarter, one from 45 yards and one from 31 yards out to extend White's lead to 16-3.
After a scoreless third quarter Wolford connected with Tabari Hines for a 25-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter. Hines made four catches in the game for a total of 47 yards.
Willie Yarbary, Duke Ejiofor and Rashawn Shaw each had two sacks for the White team defense. Zack Wary led the defense with eight tackles. Yarbary added five tackles to his two sacks.
Brandon Chubb led the Black team with 12 tackles, followed by Grant Dawson with seven.
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