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Offense shows big improvement
Jackson State fans who watched Saturday’s scrimmage let loose a huge sigh of relief as the offense dramatically improved from the previous scrimmage. The two best looking areas were the offensive line and wide receivers.
Last week, the line committed penalty after penalty, but was fairly mistake-free Saturday.
“They want to be a great line, and there’s no reason for them not to be,” coach Rick Comegy said. “They’re exactly where I want them to be.”
“We had a great day overall,” quarterback Tray Rutland said. “They take care of me whenever I need it. That’s what it’s all about - taking care of the quarterback. If they do that, we’ll be successful”
The receiving corps had several breathtaking catches during the workout. The sight was welcome from a group that has had more than its share of drops this preseason. Rodney Gray, Marsellos Wilder, Kenny Boyer, Roy James, Carlos Everett and Anthony Mayes all made big plays.
Mayes made the play of the day, catching a short route on the left side and turning it into a 40-yard gain by shaking the cornerback and cutting all the way back across the field.
“Just trying to make up for (a) drop (earlier),” Mayes said. “Just trying to make it look good.”
“They made the quarterback look good today,” Comegy said.
Cornerback Domonique Johnson got his second All-America honor of the preseason this week. The senior was named a first-team All-American by The Sports Network. Johnson was named a second-team All-American by Phil Steele
Johnson ranked No. 3 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference with five interceptions in 2007.
The Jackson State Game
What: vs. Hampton
When: Aug. 31., 1 p.m.
Where: Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla.
TV/Radio: ESPN2, WOAD-1300 AM
By Kareem Copeland