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Wildcats Hold Next-to-Last Scrimmage
DURHAM – Quarterback R.J. Toman connected with wide receiver Travis Negron for one short touchdown and then with tight end Scott Sicko for another late in a University of New Hampshire football scrimmage on Saturday morning.
The throws perhaps balanced out a ball he threw a little earlier that should have been intercepted by linebacker Devon Jackson.
“That was an awful throw on my part,” Toman said. “Devon should have picked it and made me learn a lesson.”
And so went UNH’s next-to-last scrimmage of the spring. The Wildcats close out spring camp with their annual Blue-White game on Saturday at 12:30 in Cowell Stadium.
Toman, who will be a sophomore in the fall, and redshirt freshman Kevin Decker have been battling it out to replace the graduated Ricky Santos and Toman continues to have an edge in the race.
A bunch of offensive players sat out Saturday’s scrimmage. Linemen Josh Droesch and Andrew Elwell have been out all spring as they rehab from injuries.
Senior-to-be wide receiver Mike Boyle, with a high ankle sprain, and running backs Chad Kackert and Sean Jellison were among those sitting out Saturday.
Jellison, the former star at Souhegan in Amherst, banged up his shoulder last week in practice. He said he hopes to be able to play in the spring game Saturday.
Toman felt the offense came on as Saturday’s scrimmage played out.
“I think we did well,” he said. “We were a little slow at the start, but we finished strong, which was important. Obviously you want to finish better than you started.”
Head football coach Sean McDonnell has been happy with the way much of his defense has come on through the spring, leading into Saturday’s Blue-White game that wraps things up. . . . “The defense, I think, is improving,” McDonnell said. “The linebacking corps has gotten better with Matt Parent, Sean Ware and Devon Jackson. They’re doing a nice job and they’re getting better every practice.” . . . He’s also been pleased with John Clements, a cornerback who has been getting time at free safety. “He really showed up on the film from our last scrimmage. He’s understanding what’s going on. He got guys lined up. He broke on the ball. He made tackles. He gives us some flexibility back there.” . . . Defensive backs Ryan Hinds and Dino Vasso have had good spring sessions and others in the mix in the backfield include Anthony Gorrell and Kyle Flemings. . . . “Johnny Clements can certainly play corner,” McDonnell said. “But if he keeps this up, he may be the guy starting back there at safety.”
Wildcats hold next-to-last scrimmage
By Allen Lessels, New Hampshire Union Leader Sports