Dukes End Spring Practice with Controlled Scrimmage
April 12, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Sophomore quarterback Dillon Buechel (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour) completed 7-of-13 passes for 77 yards in two offensive series to highlight a brief 30 minute scrimmage that signified the end of spring practice for the Duquesne football team.
The scrimmage capped an afternoon of drill work on sun-splashed Rooney Field.
Buechel, working against the first team defense, completed three of his first four passes for 37 yards to set up a 22-yard touchdown run by Ryan Ho (Pearl City, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools) against the first team defense.
It was the only score of the scrimmage that consisted of five separate possessions.
Junior Michael LoPresti (Fairfax, Va./James Robinson), a junior transfer from James Madison, completed 4-of-5 passes for 36 yards to lead the second team offense.
Ho, a senior, led all rushers with 29 yards on three carries.
Six players caught passes from Buechel, led by Dave Thomas (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic) who had two receptions for eight yards.
Sophomore Chavas Rawlins (Monessen, Pa./Monessen), a second-year transfer from West Virginia, caught a 24-yard pass from Buechel. Senior running back Marcus Hughes (Falls Church, Va./Falls Church), who carried two times for five yards, also had a 20-yard reception for the first team offense.
Xavier Nelson (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) posted a pair of catches for 20 yards for the second team offense.
Junior safety Brian Hall (District Heights, Md./Gwynn Park) led all players with six tackles for the first team defense.
"We really had a good, active camp," said tenth-year head coach Jerry Schmitt. "We had a lot of players who were banged up that we held out of today's practice. Luckily we have been able to develop some depth and we were able to get a lot of players a lot of meaningful repetitions this spring."
Duquesne, which tied for the Northeast Conference title for the second time in the past three seasons last year, opens the 2014 season at Buffalo on August 30. It will be DU's first game against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent.
The Dukes, who return 17 starters, open preseason camp on August 4.