GREENVILLE, N.C. (ECU Media Relations) – The quarterback trio of Philip Nelson, Gardner Minshew and Reid Herring combined to throw six touchdowns and helped rack up 745 yards of total offense (8.9 ypp) during East Carolina’s first intra-squad scrimmage of preseason camp Saturday morning at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
The controlled scrimmage, which was played under mostly clear skies with temperatures in mid-90’s, consisted of approximately 95 plays that included all levels of the program’s positional charts.
“It was a hot, but productive scrimmage today,” first-year head coach Scottie Montgomery said. “We are in pretty good shape physically and will continue to get better. We have some good quarterbacks and guys that can play the position. Just watching from afar, I thought our quarterbacks operated the offense and threw the ball as well as they’ve done since I have been at East Carolina. That was a big time scrimmage for them. I was happy to see a lot of our young players do well in this environment, both offensively and defensively. Now we will go watch film and see what kind of adjustments we need to make for Sunday’s practice.”
Nelson engineered two scoring drives completing 11-of-17 passes for 194 yards, while Minshew (15-of-22, 196 yards, TD) and Herring (7-of-8, 175 yards, 3 TDs) combined for four additional scores. In all, the Pirates completed 34-of-50 passes for 576 yards, six touchdowns and had one pass intercepted. Nelson connected with Jimmy Williams on a 26-yard strike for the scrimmage’s first score and then found Quay Johnson running a cross over the middle that turned into a 65-yard touchdown.
Herring hooked up with three different receivers on passes of 45 yards (Johnnie Glaspie), 60 yards (Curtis Burston) and 40 yards (Brandon Bishop) – all resulting in touchdowns. Minshew and Cam Marshmon combined for the final score of the day on a 37-yard slant throw.
Hussein Howe led all rushers with 51 yards on three carries including a game-long run of 30 yards. Anthony Scott added 36 yards on four rushes, while Derrell Scott and James Summers tallied 29 and 25 yards on the ground.
Terrell Green and Malik Gray each had a team-high four receptions, while Green lead all receivers with 94 yards. Johnson added three catches for 90 yards and Burston had two receptions out of the backfield totaling 70 yards.
The Pirate signal-callers completed nine passes of 20-plus yards with five going for 40 or more yards (four for scores), while the running backs broke two plays of 28 or more yards.
Defensively, the Pirates tallied eight TFLs (two sacks) for minus 18 yards and Bobby Fulp picked off a Nelson pass at the 26-yard line on a third-and-five play taking it back for a touchdown. Javontay Smith and Joe Carter topped all defenders with eight and seven tackles respectively. Shaun James registered five stops with a team-best two sacks, while Corey Seargent and Devon Sutton added five each.
Following film evaluation of the scrimmage, East Carolina will return to Hight Field inside the Cliff Moore Practice Complex Sunday at 4:15 p.m. for its 10th workout of the fall.
FALL NO. 1 SCRIMMAGE STATISTICS
RUSHING: Hussein Howe (3-51), Anthony Scott (4-36), Derrell Scott (9-29), James Summers (5-25), Devin Anderson (3-15), Jason Connella (1-11), Shawn Furlow (1-6), Phil Nelson (5-3), Johnnie Glaspie (1-1), Quay Johnson (1-<-4>), Gardner Minshew (1-<-4>). Totals –– 34-169 (5.0 ypr).
PASSING: Gardner Minshew (22-15-0, 196 yards, 1 TD), Phil Nelson (17-11-1, 194 yards, 2 TD), Reid Herring (8-7-0, 175 yards, 3 TD), Jason Connella (1-1-0, 11 yards), James Summers (2-0-0, 0 yards). Totals –– 50-34-1, 576 yards, 6 TD (68.0%).
RECEIVING: Terrell Green (4-94), Quay Johnson (3-90, 1 TD), Curtis Burston (2-70, 1 TD), Malik Gray (4-60), Johnnie Glaspie (3-54, 1 TD), Brandon Bishop (1-40, 1 TD), Cam Marshmon (1-37, 1 TD), Jimmy Williams (1-26, 1 TD), Derrell Scott (2-22), Devaris Brunson (2-22), Deondre Farrier (1-17), Trevon Brown (1-15), Devin Anderson (2-9), Zay Jones (1-9), Derrell Scott (2-7), Jeffrey Coprich (1-4), Hussein Howe (1-3), Shawn Furlow (2-<-3>). Totals –– 34-576, 6 TD
TACKLES: Javontay Smith 8, Joe Carter 7 (2 TFLs/-8 yards), Shaun James 5 (2 sacks/-12 yards, 2 TFLs/-12 yards), Corey Seargent 5, Devon Sutton 5 (TFL/-2 yards), DaShaun Amos 4, Pat Green 4 (TFL/-1 yard), Travis Phillips 4, Jordan Williams 4, Tony Baird 3 (TFL/-1 yard), DaShawn Benton 3, Kendall Futrell 3 (PBU), Colby Gore 3 (TFL/-1 yard), Chris Love 3, Mike Myers 3, Nhyre Quinerly 3, Ray Tillman 3, Alex Turner 3, Cam White 3 (TFL/-4 yards), Trevian Hicks 2, Raequan Purvis 2 (TFL/-2 yards), Xavier Smith 2, Kenyon Taylor 2, Kiante Anderson 1 (QBH), Demage Bailey 1, Keyshawn Canady 1 (PBU), Fred Presley 1, Chance Purvis 1, Terrell Richardson 1, Bobby Fulp (INT/26 yards).
TOTAL OFFENSE/TOTAL DEFENSE: 84-745 (8.9 ypp)
INTERCEPTIONS: 1 (Bobby Fulp 26-yard TD return)
PENALTIES: 11 (5/OFFENSE – 3 holding, 1 false start, 1 illegal formation; 6/DEFENSE – 4 offside, 2 pass interference)
QUARTERBACK FIRST DOWN/SCORING CHART
Gardner Minshew – 11 first downs/1 TD
Phil Nelson – 10 first downs/2 TD
Reid Herring – 6 first downs/3 TD
Jason Connella – 1 first down
Jimmy Williams 26-yard pass from Phil Nelson
Bobby Fulp 26-yard interception return
Quay Johnson 65-yard pass from Phil Nelson
Johnnie Glaspie 45-yard pass from Reid Herring
Curtis Burston 60-yard pass from Reid Herring
Brandon Bishop 40-yard pass from Reid Herring
Cam Marshmon 37-yard pass from Gardner Minshew