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June 3, 2014

Tribe newbies give Jacksonville a shot in the arm in spring scrimmage



Other offensive highlights from the controlled portion included a 70-yard touchdown strike from McCown to Thacker, a 12-yard scoring toss (McCown to Keyshawn Anderson) and a 19-yard touchdown scamper by Johnson.

“Carter was Carter out there (Friday) night,” Taber said. “We've got accustomed to him doing what he does (throwing touchdown passes).”

Some of the defensive highlights included a Thacker interception, a couple of Peyton Wagoner and Demontre Ragsdale tackles for loss, a bone-crunching quarterback sack from Zandrick Morrow and a fumble recovery by Emmit Eckler.

All-in-all Taber seemed to be fairly content following the scrimmage.

“We are still very young, but we saw a lot of kids do a lot of good things out there, Taber said. “For instance, I thought our offensive line played the best they have all spring. They were making holes for the backs to go through and giving the quarterbacks plenty of time to throw the ball.”

Taber also seemed relieved by the play of the Jacksonville receivers.

“Coming into the spring our reviving corp was one of our biggest question and we've had three or four kids step up and play solid there for us. Some of those sophomores and juniors, guys like Tre Lollar and Ezell Woods made some big plays (Friday) for us.”

As for the biggest question mark going into fall camp in August, Taber had this to say.

“The one thing that we have not solidified is our safeties,” he said. “(Demontre) Ragsdale has done a good job, but it is a question beyond that.

“We were playing without two of our safeties, who were hurt, tonight and I think that that hurt our defense.”

The Tribe want take the field again until Aug. 22 when they make the short trip to Bullard to scrimmage the Panthers. Start time to be announced for that game.

A week later Jacksonville is slated to open the 2014 campaign at home by entertaining Pine Tree's Pirates at 7:30 p.m.

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