Running back Shaquil Terry had one of the offensive highlights Friday in what was otherwise another sluggish scrimmage performance. / Staff - File

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KENNESAW -- Following Kennesaw State's second scrimmage of the spring, the team huddled and then went back to work.

Instead of heading for the showers, many of the players were given 200 yards of up-downs to perform, in 5-yard increments. Coach Brian Bohannon was hopeful that it would be a reminder for the players as to what is expected of them.

"Playing the opponent is hard enough," Bohannon said. "Right now, we can't get out of our own way. We're beating ourselves."

Bohannon said there was inconsistent play on both sides of the ball on Friday.

For the second week in a row, the offense opened with a quick score as Daniel David connected with running back Kevin Ficklin on a pass in the left flat that went for 15 yards.

On the next play, Shaquil Terry took a pitch and split two defenders on his way down the sideline for a 60-yard gain. David  scored on a 5-yard run to cap the three-play, 80-yard drive.

It quickly went downhill from there.

On the first play of the next series, junior college transfer quarterback Jonathan Murphy mishandled the snap, which was recovered by defensive lineman Darion Williams. It was the first of four snaps or pitches that hit the ground.

In addition, four potential scoring drives were negated by penalty. One took an Antavius Grier 15-yard touchdown run off the board.

A potential big hit and sack by defensive back Tanner Jones -- a former Kennesaw Mountain High School standout -- was negated when he led with his helmet. While the defense was yelling and screaming with delight on the big hit, Bohannon was doing the same about the 15-yard penalty, and the fact that Jones likely would have been ejected for targeting had it been an actual game.

Murphy redeemed himself on the third series, when he led a 14-play drive that ended with him scoring from inside the 5.

David only played three series. His last was highlighted by a 40-yard pass to T.J. Reed, and it was finished with a 30-yard field goal by Nathan Robertson.

The remainder of the scrimmage saw the offense chewing up yards inside the 20s, but not being able to convert on the scoreboard.

Heading into the final week of spring practice, Bohannon said consistency and health are keys he is looking forward to achieving.

"The ball was moved a little better today," Bohannon said, "but I don't know if that's the blocking or if because the defense got tired. All I want to see in the last week is that we control the controllables, and that our guys go do their jobs."

The Owls will practice Monday and Wednesday before wrapping up the spring Friday with the annual spring game at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

The game is scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m., with admission free, and the game will again features an offense-vs.-defense format with the reward of a quality meal for the winning team.

This year, Bohannon said the menu will likely include steak, ribs and all the fixings for the winners, with their favorite non-alcoholic beverage of choice. The losers will dine on hot dogs, beans and water.

This article originally ran on mdjonline.com.


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