Offense, Defense Turn in Solid Spring Games - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/17/04

Offense, Defense Turn in Solid Spring Games

Senior quarterback Sonny Cumbie gave Red Raider football fans a glimpse of the future - an impressive glimpse of the future. The heir-apparent to NCAA record-setting quarterback B.J. Symons completed 17-of-20 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns as the offense produced 33 points and 490 yards of total offense in the annual Red-Black Spring Game Saturday at Jones SBC Stadium in front of an estimated crowd of 10,000.

"It's been a good spring. I learned a lot and have gotten a lot better," Cumbie said. "On offense, I feel comfortable working with those guys. I'm looking forward to the first game. For so long I didn't get to participate in the (preseason) practices so I'm looking forward to two-a-day practices."

Cumbie, who completed his first 10 pass attempts and 85% of his passes for the game, hit running back Johnnie Mack and wide receiver Joel Filani on scoring plays of 12 and 26 yards, respectively. Filani led all receivers with nine receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns, including a 10-yard scoring strike from junior quarterback Cody Hodges.

Hodges led all quarterbacks with 26 pass attempts, completing 14 for 146 yards and a touchdown. Junior college transfer Robert Johnson was 11-of-12 for 100 yards and completed a 33-yard touchdown to wide receiver Jarrett Hicks. Overall, the quarterbacks passed for 444 yards and four touchdowns.

Junior running back Taurean Henderson led the offense on the ground with 50 yards rushing and a touchdown. Henderson scored the second touchdown of the game on an 18-yard jaunt in the first quarter. Senior inside receivers Trey Haverty and Nehemiah Glover logged 61 receiving yards each on seven and six receptions, while Henderson picked up 57 yards on five receptions.

Defensively, the unit totaled nine sacks, including three by junior college transfer defensive end Brett Bischofberger. Sophomore cornerback SirDon Lewis tallied six tackles, while three others followed with five apiece.

In addition to the nine sacks, the pass defense registered nine pass breakups, including two at the line of scrimmage by sophomore defensive end Keyunta Dawson and junior defensive tackle Fred Thrweatt.

"I am excited about our practice on Monday," head coach Mike Leach of the Red Raiders' final spring workout. "I think we have made a lot of progress. I think this was one of our better practices, and the reason I say that is because usually with all the stuff going on I'm traditionally not pleased with the spring game as I am with the other practices. To me what was good today was that we had a hard time moving the ball against the first-team defense. I thought they played well, and on the offense I thought they got in a rhythm and they got some steady drives. I thought both sides played really well."

The day began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new state-of-the-art Football Training Facility, which houses the operations of the Red Raider football program. Among the honorees were former Texas Tech head coach Spike Dykes, who had the meeting rooms area named in his honor. Former Red Raider All-American E.J. Holub was honored by having the 10,000-square foot weight training area named after him.

The Red Raiders wrap up spring drills with a 3 p.m. workout Monday on the grass practice fields southeast of Jones SBC Stadium and directly behind the new Football Training Facility.

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