Games Approach Pays off for Defense in Wildcats' Saturday ScrimmageApril 7, 2012
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The only bad thing about having two pick sixes on a single day is that it happens in April instead of September thru November. So Tim Burke is going to continue working on a repeat performance once the games start counting.
The junior from Ft. Lauderdale had not collected two interceptions in a game since high school, but he registered the two picks, the second on the final play, to highlight Bethune-Cookman's Saturday morning scrimmage.
"Every practice is my spring game," Burke said. "I play it like a game so when September comes around, I can do the same thing."
Burke had two interceptions during the Wildcats' 2011 campaign and has been spending extra time in film sessions during spring ball.
"We've been doing a lot of studying," Burke said. "I've been working on recognizing plays and recognizing receiver routes."
The Wildcat defense had many other moments during the two-hour affair at the B-CU practice field.
Linebacker Nesley Marcellon scooped up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown and had an interception. Transfer Brandon Bryant stopped a scoring threat with a fumble recovery and Jazz Moss also had a goal-line interception.
"It was good to see the defense get after it and do some things," said Head Coach Brian Jenkins. "The defense did what it was coached to do, the offense didn't, and the defense took advantage."
"Today was a decent scrimmage," Jenkins added. "It wasn't as detailed as we should be and need to be. We have a long ways to go, but I was proud how the guys kept playing and didn't worry about how hard or how long things got."
Offensive highlights included a 22-yard Anthony Jordan run where he inflicted his will into the end zone with several defenders in tow, a 35-yard touchdown from Jackie Wilson to Preston Cleckley and several nice Wilson to Patrick Harris connections both downfield and over the middle.
"Anthony Jordan is playing consistent and that's a good to see," Jenkins said. "In Patrick, you're talking about a veteran guy. You expect that from him."