Sunday, August 13, 2017

AAMU's Spady pleased with Bulldogs after first scrimmage


HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- To say that Head Coach James Spady was pleased after Saturday's scrimmage is an understatement.

In fact, he was more than pleased.

"I was pleased," he said. "I was so pleased with the way we competed."

And, speaking of competing, Spady said it's a "tight race" for the starting quarterback's position.

Redshirt junior Damian May and freshman Aqeel Glass are the prime contenders for the starting spot and both played well Saturday, Spady said.

The Bulldogs ran about 100 plays in the game-like situations which included referees.

On the offensive side, receiver Monte Jones had a couple of big grabs – one for a touchdown and the other negated by a downfield holding call. Running back Jordan Bentley broke loose on a 64-yard run and May, Glass and Dylan Smith engineered several drives.

Senior Nick Carden showed why he's the All-SWAC preseason team kicker and his left foot gives the Bulldogs a long-range scoring threat.

The defense also made several stops and pass breakups, forcing the offense into the field-goal situations.

And, as an added touch for some HBCU football atmosphere, the Marching Maroon & White marched into Louis Crews Stadium.

As for the Bulldogs, "We've made a tremendous amount of progress," Spady said. "They're doing the little things every day."

Spady did say there were things still to work out, such as game management by the quarterbacks, blocking assignments and the like.

But, overall, you can say he was "pleased."


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