The silver anniversary of the Joe Delaney Bowl did not fail to disappoint as players looked to make an impression before the summer.
Making the biggest splashes were senior offensive lineman Austin Douglas and defensive lineman Leroy Armstrong---both of who were named co-Most Valuable Players based on their performances.
Douglas, who played guard and center during the scrimmage, was part of the offensive line that kept the quarterbacks off of the turf by only allowing three sacks.
The main focus of the scrimmage was to evaluate the passing and to see who would emerge as the backup quarterback behind Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year Zach Adkins.
Last year’s backup Daniel Hazlewood appears to be the early favorite in reclaiming his spot after completing 10 of his 22 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns.
Fellow signal callers T.J Fleeton and J.D. Almond each threw a touchdown to continue to make it a competition.
“We know what Zach can do, he’s a proven guy,” NSU head coach Jay Thomas said. “What we are going to do is give all the other quarterbacks all the looks.”
On the receiving end, Ed Eagan caught five passes for 100 yards and a touchdown, but it was Cody Jones that stole the spotlight.
The junior wide receiver scored twice on passes from Hazlewood, while also recording four receptions for 95 yards.
Defensively, Armstrong had four tackles and two sacks, while Darius Poullard had three stops and picked off a pass.