University of North Alabama head football coach Terry Bowden was pleased with the explosiveness of the Lions' offense.
"We had as many big plays on offense as I remember having in a scrimmage in a while," Bowden said. "The defense had some great hits and they were in control until Lamonte Thompson made a great run,. The defense was on its heels after that."
Thompson, a freshman running back from Florence, broke a 39-yard TD run up the middle for the first score of the day.
Quarterback Chris Alexander, taking snaps with the first unit offense, had completions of 20 yards to Mo Miliam and 50 yards to Tristan Purifoy. The pass to Purifoy set up a four-yard TD run by Antwan Ivey. Alexander also lofted a perfect 20-yard TD toss to Cameron Wade. "Chris is a veteran quarterback as far as preparation and he did a good job today," Bowden said.
Freshman quarterback Kyle Crabtree of Fort Payne also got numerous repetitions in the workout, highlighted by a 48-yard completion to tight end DeAngelo Henry. "Kyle has a big-league arm," Bowden said. "There is so much our quarterbacks have to learn so he has been spinning a little at times but he has made a lot of strides."
On special teams, transfer Nathan O'Jibway booted a 38-yard field goal, while Josh Montgomery hit from 29 yards but missed from 35.
Bowden said there still a lot of mistakes and plenty of room for improvement but he was pleased with the overall performance.
He said some of the mistakes on defense were due to trying players in different positions. "They have so much blitzing ability and depth in the secondary that they are experimenting a little to try and get the best 11 guys on the field so that was part of it," Bowden said.
Offensively, Bowden praised the play of receivers Mo Miliam and Cameron Wade. He said the plan was to give most of the reps in the backfield to Thompson and Antwan Ivey and both ran well. He said the offensive line is "very good but very thin, and we can't affor any injuries there."
The Lions will hold their annual FAN DAY Sunday from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the UNA Practice Field.