Colt Garrett stands tall, takes a few steps forward in the pocket, launches the ball 50 yards down the field and it winds up in the hands of a sprawled out Tyree Key who then gets swarmed by the rest of his teammates on the Black squad as the final scrimmage of the Spring Series comes to an end. Throughout the spring, defense has been apart of the Black team, while offense has been on the Red, and Black took the deciding victory in this series, winning 60-33.
Key’s interception was the SIXTH turnover of the day for the defensive side that has impressed all spring. Adding to the turnovers, the defensive front continued to add pressure as they have all spring led by Senior defensive lineman Talor Nunez who added a sack and interception to his spring resume.
The offense struggled throughout the game only gaining 53 yards on the ground and throwing four interceptions. Even the first offensive touchdown came off of a nearly intercepted pass. Nic Shimonek has been the most impressive QB throughout the spring and even though he did throw an interception in this game he showed key maturity and leadership even in a losing effort. “As a unit I feel like we got better today and that's the main goal,” said Shimonek.
For a team that has often been known for it’s high powered offense, it is a refreshing change to see the defense take control and lead the way. However regular season games are not won in April and it will be up to the players and coaching staff as to whether this defensive success will continue in the fall.