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Braves wrap up final scrum of fall camp

Posted 10:52 a.m. on Monday, August 29, 2022

LORMAN – Under the direction of the sixth-year head coach Fred McNairAlcorn State Football held its second and final scrimmage of #BravesCamp 2022 on Saturday August 27 at Jack Spinks – Marino Casem Stadium in Lorman, Mississippi.

Alcorn State played just over 50 games amid mild temperatures in the low to mid-90s with a moderate westerly breeze and mostly cloudy skies. For everyone involved, Saturday afternoon marked the first time in more than nine days that no visible rain has occurred in and around the Alcorn State campus. The area had been battered by bad weather leading to light flooding in and around the area for over a week.

Alcorn State came through a number of offensive sets throughout the scrimmage, while the Purple and Gold worked special teams on several occasions, including punt and field goal coverage towards the second half of the melee. While the team had prepared three to four different quarterbacks throughout fall camp, McNair and his team seemed like they wanted to work just a pair of flaggers on Saturday.

“The biggest thing is to acclimate these guys to what’s going to happen in the game with substitutions and other game-like situations,” McNair said afterwards when speaking with members of the media. “We have to learn to open our ears on the sidelines when the substitutions start to arrive.

“I’m a bit excited to see where we are as a team after today’s scrimmage.”

In total, the defense had three sacks on the day, as well as four tackles for the loss overall. The secondary added four pass breakups, including a pair of interception returns for touchdowns. Both interception returns were over 40 yards on the scoring return.

All three sacks were recorded by three different Braves, while a total of four different players had a tackle for the loss.

“It’s always difficult trying to prepare your coaches, and even student-athletes, for situations like game day speed,” McNair added. “You have to be able to react to what is happening in all areas of the game on the pitch with the officials, your players, the staff and make sure we make the right decisions in the rhythm of the match.

“That was the main point of today’s scrum. It’s all about getting everything ready for the first week and making sure everyone is connected and ready to go from the start.

Alcorn kicks off the season in exactly seven days, as the Braves welcome No. 10 Stephen F. Austin to Jack Spinks – Marino Casem Stadium on Saturday, September 3. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

Stephen F. Austin opened his 2022 season on Saturday, falling to future FBS member Jacksonville State in a much-anticipated match of Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) title contenders.

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