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Akey likes what he sees - with some exceptions

Devon Sturdivant led the offense's rushing attack that netted 328 yards (Photo: SWX) Devon Sturdivant led the offense's rushing attack that netted 328 yards (Photo: SWX)

Less than two weeks before season-opener at NMSU

MOSCOW, Idaho - With classes starting up in Moscow on Monday, the Vandal football team thought they'd celebrate by playing a little football - a scrimmage, to be exact.  And the last practice of fall camp.

With just 11 days until the season opener at New Mexico State, the Vandal offense looked stellar on Sunday afternoon.  Devon Sturdivant led the rushing attack that netted 328 yards.  Quarterback Nathan Enderle passed for 129 and Brian Reeder threw for 122.

"Our offense played really well today," said coach Robb Akey following the scrimmage.  "We had big plays in the running game and the passing game.  They handled the scenarios very well and I was really happy about that.  The only thing I wasn't happy about was we had too many penalties."

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Penalties or not, the offense scored nine times: eight touchdowns and one field goal.

"I told my coaches I had a feeling that one side of the ball was going to get after the other today," Akey said. "I wasn't sure which one it was going to be, but the offense had more success today. It was the running game and that makes me happy for our offense because I think we can be a run-the-football team. We have the backs with the ability to do it."

Enderle and Reader used a variety of receivers, with 11 players catching at least one pass during the scrimmage.  Eric Greenwood led the pack with two catches.  Newcomers Daniel Micheletti and Justin Veltung also had two catches. 

On the defensive side of the ball, quarterback-turned-receiver-turned-safety Quin Ashley was one of two players with five tackles.  True freshman Aaron Grymes was the other.  The defense notched three sacks and eight tackles for a loss.

In all, Akey likes the progress of his football team, yet is thankful there are a few more practices between now and then.

"I like that the season is getting closer, but on the flipside I would like to have some more time to get some things done," he said.  "I am still going to press fast forward on them.  Certainly I am going to push them to play better at all points in time."

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