In a Sunday scrimmage session geared toward the running game and featuring the Lions second and third units, University of North Alabama Head Coach Bobby Wallace said he was pleased with the overall team effort but would have to look at the film to make any further determinations.
“We geared the scrimmage toward the running backs so we could get a good look at them. We also wanted to look at the offensive and defensive lines, our run support and also our linebackers,” Wallace said. “I thought we played hard and competed well for the most part, but we’ll have to look at the film to really break down who was doing what. Out here you can’t look at all 22 people at once, especially on the offensive and defensive line, and see who is being successful.”
Wallace did say that he saw outstanding plays from Eddquerion Harris, C.J. Jackson, Khyle Jackson and Jalin Greene on defense.
“Offensively, Blake Hawkins was competing hard, ran the ball well and made some good throws,” Wallace said. “Damon Cox had a great run and gave great effort and Terence Humphrey ran the ball with a lot of power and had great effort.”
All three of the touchdowns during Sunday’s scrimmage came from long distance. The first TD came on a run by Hawkins, who kept the ball on an option play and made three cutbacks to elude defenders on the way to the end zone. Cox, a red-shirt freshman transfer, then scored on a 65-yard run and Hawkins hit freshman Dillon Posey with a long pass for the final score.
One down side Sunday was the UNA kicking game, which misfired on field goal and extra-point attempts.
Wallace said the UNA coaching staff would spend the remainder of the day Sunday evaluating film and would then meet Monday morning to begin preparations for the season-opener against Miles and determining which players will suit-up for that contest.
The UNA season-opener is scheduled for 6 p.m on September 6 against Miles at Legion Field in Birmingham.