TERRE HAUTE — Was Saturday afternoon’s weather an omen for Indiana State football as the Sycamores wrapped up spring practice with the annual Blue-White Game at Memorial Stadium? After several practices conducted in less-than-perfect conditions, they’d like to think so.
“I think the first thing was that we had a sunny day,” coach Mike Sanford said as he greeted media members with a smile after the scrimmage. “And we made it out of it healthy.”
“It was a good day today, and we got good work in,” added veteran center FN Lutz, no doubt happy about his coach’s latter statement after suffering a knee injury in the same workout a year ago that cost him the 2012 fall campaign.
Precautions were taken to prevent a similar problem on Saturday — All-America running back Shakir Bell got no contact, and wide receiver Donald Spencer wasn’t in pads, to name a couple of those precautions — and there were few surprises as the first-stringers beat the reserves 21-0 thanks to three Mike Perish touchdown passes.
“It’s always a good sign when your ones beat your twos,” Sanford said.
Perish completed 6 of 7 passes for 92 yards and even ran for a pair of first downs early in the scrimmage, but Sanford pointed out afterward that the quarterback position is still up for grabs.
Robert Tonyan Jr. split time with Perish on the first unit and Northview graduate Trent Lancaster had a few good moments against the first-string defense.
“I thought Trent Lancaster did a lot of really good things,” Sanford noted. “I liked all three quarterbacks. We had two turnovers, which is not good, but it was good that our defense forced two turnovers.”
Perish took the first offensive unit 65 yards for a score on the first drive of the game, the touchdown pass going to converted linebacker Jamar Brown.