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By ballcoach15
#571592 March 30, 1:00 p.m. kick-off.

I predict it will be best attended spring game in LU history.

First practice February 23. Viewing policy TBD
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By cruzan_flame13
#571596 Alright, time to predict the attendance of the game. Go!

I say about 6-7k. If it rains, then around 2800-3400 attendees.
By LU 57
#571598 I have not been to a Spring Game since I left campus but I intend to be at this one!
By ballcoach15
#571599 Weather will be the key. With good weather, I say 8,100. With bad weather, I'm scared to guess.
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By CCWMichael
#571614 This is one we really wanted to make.
No way I can handle a five hour drive with where I am at.
Wish we could afford a flight from Harrisburg to Lynchburg ---- that's how much my daughter and I would love to see this one.
My wife always grumbles, that's why I call her the war department :D , but in reality she loves campus and how much Amber and I enjoy it.
Amber really would like to buy some gear ---- she has her own lady cave dedicated to the Flames.
ASOR could stream this and I would love it. Maybe Liberty will stream it like the big time schools --- lets act like we are there. Before you know it this game could be televised.
I think it is realistic to pull 10G on a nice day in the 60's or above.
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By Class of 20Something
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CCWMichael wrote:I think it is realistic to pull 10G on a nice day in the 60's or above.


That comes down to the students.
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By CCWMichael
#571618
Class of 20Something wrote:
CCWMichael wrote:I think it is realistic to pull 10G on a nice day in the 60's or above.


That comes down to the students.


+1

There is a ton of hype on this season
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By FlamesHighontheTide
#571619 I echo CCWMichael. I think with all the new excitement around the program 10k could be there and I feel like Freeze and company will push for students and others to come out for this spring game.

I for one, really really hope that watchespn streams this or we are able to stream it in house some way. I think if LU made it available to be streamed with LFSN calling the game and charged like $10 or less to watch it they could make a little money on the spring game. I for one would pay.
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By cruzan_flame13
#571621
CCWMichael wrote:This is one we really wanted to make.
No way I can handle a five hour drive with where I am at.
Wish we could afford a flight from Harrisburg to Lynchburg ---- that's how much my daughter and I would love to see this one.
My wife always grumbles, that's why I call her the war department :D , but in reality she loves campus and how much Amber and I enjoy it.
Amber really would like to buy some gear ---- she has her own lady cave dedicated to the Flames.
ASOR could stream this and I would love it. Maybe Liberty will stream it like the big time schools --- lets act like we are there. Before you know it this game could be televised.
I think it is realistic to pull 10G on a nice day in the 60's or above.


Now that is something! I believe it may be streamed on facebook live and/or LFSN
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By CCWMichael
#571624
cruzan_flame13 wrote:
CCWMichael wrote:This is one we really wanted to make.
No way I can handle a five hour drive with where I am at.
Wish we could afford a flight from Harrisburg to Lynchburg ---- that's how much my daughter and I would love to see this one.
My wife always grumbles, that's why I call her the war department :D , but in reality she loves campus and how much Amber and I enjoy it.
Amber really would like to buy some gear ---- she has her own lady cave dedicated to the Flames.
ASOR could stream this and I would love it. Maybe Liberty will stream it like the big time schools --- lets act like we are there. Before you know it this game could be televised.
I think it is realistic to pull 10G on a nice day in the 60's or above.


Now that is something! I believe it may be streamed on facebook live and/or LFSN


Good news on the stream :football :football :football .
By oldflame
#571650 You didn't have to read any farther than the word "kick-off" to know this will be different than past Spring games. Apparently there will be one.
By LUDad
#572084 Perfect day. Watch football at 1:00 and then the LU v. North Florida game at 4:00.
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By CCWMichael
#572115
LUDad wrote:Perfect day. Watch football at 1:00 and then the LU v. North Florida game at 4:00.


Aloha LU Dad.
Havven't heard from you in some time.
I hope all is well with you.
Been praying for you.
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By Sly Fox
#572118 I am curious to see what Coach Freeze envisions for a Spring Game experience. It varies wildly from coach to coach.
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By CCWMichael
#572124
Sly Fox wrote:I am curious to see what Coach Freeze envisions for a Spring Game experience. It varies wildly from coach to coach.


Insight to his thinking

https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/ole-miss-football/hugh-freeze-spring-game-idea/
By ballcoach15
#572157 I don't think playing another school in spring games is permitted by NCAA. I have never heard it done.
By Ewglenn
#572175 I’m pretty sure it isn’t allowed but if it was it should be against a close team like VMI.
By oldflame
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ballcoach15 wrote:I don't think playing another school in spring games is permitted by NCAA. I have never heard it done.


Uhhhh, no it isn't. That doesn't mean it couldn't be. Rules are changed all the time.
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By Liberty22
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Ewglenn wrote:I’m pretty sure it isn’t allowed but if it was it should be against a close team like VMI.


Orrrrr... and I’m just spitballing here but maybe another FBS program?
By Ewglenn
#575519 Anyone at the game care to share your thoughts on the game? I’m not able to come for it so just interested in hearing what y’all are seeing. Also any guess on attendance?
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By cruzan_flame13
#575520
Ewglenn wrote:Anyone at the game care to share your thoughts on the game? I’m not able to come for it so just interested in hearing what y’all are seeing. Also any guess on attendance?


Defense was dominant throughout the the game. Ajayi made a pick six and almost received a second pick but dropped it after a juggle. We need more on the o-line, so I hope a scholarship or two would be used on a graduate student(s). Mack and Pickett did well, especially Mack, on gaining yards. Receiving core did well at the end of the 3rd-4th quarter. I am impressed with Johnathan Bennett and and Van Ellen; both did well. Buckshot was sacked a few times and he wasn’t that impressive in my opinion.. Cunningham and Brown are pointless to have on the roster with no disrespect. If they are full scholarship, those should be used for other needs. I didn’t see Pop Robinson taking any reps. I left when there was 6:46 minutes left in the fourth so maybe other things occur (the offense was coming back!). Overall, the defense did well and the offense struggled a bit but had some good plays after(we didn’t score a touchdown in the first half! If anyone have anything else to add, please do.


P.S. The weather is amazing in the ‘burg today!! 8)
By oldflame
#575521
cruzan_flame13 wrote:
Ewglenn wrote:Anyone at the game care to share your thoughts on the game? I’m not able to come for it so just interested in hearing what y’all are seeing. Also any guess on attendance?


Defense was dominant throughout the the game. Ajayi made a pick six and almost received a second pick but dropped it after a juggle. We need more on the o-line, so I hope a scholarship or two would be used on a graduate student(s). Mack and Pickett did well, especially Mack, on gaining yards. Receiving core did well at the end of the 3rd-4th quarter. I am impressed with Johnathan Bennett and and Van Ellen; both did well. Buckshot was sacked a few times and he wasn’t that impressive in my opinion.. Cunningham and Brown are pointless to have on the roster with no disrespect. If they are full scholarship, those should be used for other needs. I didn’t see Pop Robinson taking any reps. I left when there was 6:46 minutes left in the fourth so maybe other things occur (the offense was coming back!). Overall, the defense did well and the offense struggled a bit but had some good plays after(we didn’t score a touchdown in the first half! If anyone have anything else to add, please do.


P.S. The weather is amazing in the ‘burg today!! 8)


The offense scored twice late to win 38-34. Waiting on Manson for the particulars on the last 2 scores. He was live tweeting throughout the game, but obviously was busy with other things at the end.
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By A Sea of Red
#575530
oldflame wrote:
cruzan_flame13 wrote:
Ewglenn wrote:Anyone at the game care to share your thoughts on the game? I’m not able to come for it so just interested in hearing what y’all are seeing. Also any guess on attendance?


Defense was dominant throughout the the game. Ajayi made a pick six and almost received a second pick but dropped it after a juggle. We need more on the o-line, so I hope a scholarship or two would be used on a graduate student(s). Mack and Pickett did well, especially Mack, on gaining yards. Receiving core did well at the end of the 3rd-4th quarter. I am impressed with Johnathan Bennett and and Van Ellen; both did well. Buckshot was sacked a few times and he wasn’t that impressive in my opinion.. Cunningham and Brown are pointless to have on the roster with no disrespect. If they are full scholarship, those should be used for other needs. I didn’t see Pop Robinson taking any reps. I left when there was 6:46 minutes left in the fourth so maybe other things occur (the offense was coming back!). Overall, the defense did well and the offense struggled a bit but had some good plays after(we didn’t score a touchdown in the first half! If anyone have anything else to add, please do.


P.S. The weather is amazing in the ‘burg today!! 8)


The offense scored twice late to win 38-34. Waiting on Manson for the particulars on the last 2 scores. He was live tweeting throughout the game, but obviously was busy with other things at the end.


It's obviously in the story, but the final two scores were a 59 yard pass play from Johnathan Bennett to Shedro Louis (which happened while I was walking downstairs so I didn't get to see it) and a 57 yard touchdown run by Frank Boyd.
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By Cider Jim
#575531 I think we had 3 long passes for TD: one by Bennett, another by Stubbs on a trick play since he's a running back, and a final one by Buckshot.

Freeze played 4 or 5 quarterbacks, but Bennett looked the most impressive by far. Every pass was right on target, and Buckshot kept getting "sacked" because all the defense had to do was tough you.

Robinson came in at QB at the end of the game and ran the ball on almost every play. It looked like seeing Mike Brown out there again.

About Coach Freeze, rather than being on the sidelines, he stood about 10 yards behind the QB on every play.

Shaa and Louis looked really good at receiver, and both Boyd and Mack looked impressive at RB.
By Chippy
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Cider Jim wrote:I think we had 3 long passes for TD: one by Bennett, another by Stubbs on a trick play since he's a running back, and a final one by Buckshot.

Freeze played 4 or 5 quarterbacks, but Bennett looked the most impressive by far. Every pass was right on target, and Buckshot kept getting "sacked" because all the defense had to do was tough you.

Robinson came in at QB at the end of the game and ran the ball on almost every play. It looked like seeing Mike Brown out there again.

About Coach Freeze, rather than being on the sidelines, he stood about 10 yards behind the QB on every play.

Shaa and Louis looked really good at receiver, and both Boyd and Mack looked impressive at RB.

Gandy-Golden in street clothes.
By ballcoach15
#575549 I believe the Baptists outnumbered the students something like 250 to 1, in the bleachers today. Maybe greater.
By jinxy
#575551 Position wise

Qb - Jb looked very good and got smashed on one of his first plays then stood in on next play and threw a 40 yard seed down the middle. Very impressed with him. Very developed for his age.
Buckshot was the only one with the no contact jersey which led to a few sacks but his arm strength was back and we run a ton of intermediate routes that he can utilize his strength on rather than just bubble screens and bombs. Cunningham is just awful. Got benched after second pic. Brandon robinson only got one late drive but looked solid and van zellen did as well. Those 2 should be fighting it out for 3rd string. Van zellen has a phillip rivers type motion.

Mack and pickett both looked excellent. We will be just fine at rb with those 2 and hickson. Boyd henderson and louis could all be a 3rd down type back.

Tight end - Huntley is going to be a game changer for us in the red zone and over the middle. Barrett looked great too. Freeze knows how to use those guys.

Wr - tough to gauge as freeze mentioned with guys out of position. Shaa was open a lot but had several drops as well as his 6 catches. Shedeo louis appears to be one of if not the fastest guy on team. If that guy gets free hes a threat to take it to the house. Could see him returning kicks too. Again should be good here when we get all the guys in.

Oline - def gonna need knight to come in and win lt. That side had trouble all day. Really need to add another grad transfer there as well. I think this group will be ok with knight and another piece .

Defense - austin lewis is going to be an early round pick. That guy is an animal and has the height and frame to keep going. I bet both he and lemonier hit double digit sacks. Overall the first team looked dang good. Much more down hill and better tackling. Certainly need the depth there. Marcellous harris, scruggs, dabney and wilson all looked pretty good in coverage.
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By PAmedic
#575566
A Sea of Red wrote:Defense shines in Spring Game before offense makes comeback in 4th Q

http://www.aseaofred.com/defense-shines ... -in-4th-q/


great piece MANSON

What do I know, but the way HCHF and his DC talk it validates the feeling I've had that we just gave up the last couple yrs, played trash d and tried to outscore everyone

Obviously he's trying to fix that but its gonna take time and bodies
By rtb72
#575567 What a beautiful day for football! The weather was great, and hopefully indicative of what we might enjoy this fall....considering last year's game days were rather wet, cold and windy. My biggest takeaways were the move to a traditional format and the PHYSICALITY of the scrimmage. The defense clearly won the day, and the "two-hand tag" silliness of years past was gone...with the exception of Buckshot. I like that HCHF is bringing back the more aggressive and physical practice model. I think this in part was the reason our tackling last year was so dismal at times. My personal most concerning takeaway was QB and the kicking game. Punting and field goals left MUCH to be desired. Nonetheless....fun day on campus.
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By flameshaw
#575581
PAmedic wrote:
A Sea of Red wrote:Defense shines in Spring Game before offense makes comeback in 4th Q

http://www.aseaofred.com/defense-shines ... -in-4th-q/


great piece MANSON

What do I know, but the way HCHF and his DC talk it validates the feeling I've had that we just gave up the last couple yrs, played trash d and tried to outscore everyone

Obviously he's trying to fix that but its gonna take time and bodies


:)
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By Jonathan Carone
#575583
PAmedic wrote:
A Sea of Red wrote:Defense shines in Spring Game before offense makes comeback in 4th Q

http://www.aseaofred.com/defense-shines ... -in-4th-q/


great piece MANSON

What do I know, but the way HCHF and his DC talk it validates the feeling I've had that we just gave up the last couple yrs, played trash d and tried to outscore everyone

Obviously he's trying to fix that but its gonna take time and bodies


I’ll take it a step further:

It shows we were good at recruiting top end talent but not putting together solid recruiting classes or developing the talent once here.
By flamehunter
#575585
Jonathan Carone wrote:
PAmedic wrote:
A Sea of Red wrote:Defense shines in Spring Game before offense makes comeback in 4th Q

http://www.aseaofred.com/defense-shines ... -in-4th-q/


great piece MANSON

What do I know, but the way HCHF and his DC talk it validates the feeling I've had that we just gave up the last couple yrs, played trash d and tried to outscore everyone

Obviously he's trying to fix that but its gonna take time and bodies


I’ll take it a step further:

It shows we were good at recruiting top end talent but not putting together solid recruiting classes or developing the talent once here.

This was the number one problem by far in my humble opinion.
By Chippy
#575597
ballcoach15 wrote:I believe the Baptists outnumbered the students something like 250 to 1, in the bleachers today. Maybe greater.

The only ones in the student side were the recruits and their family. All the students were Baptists for the afternoon.
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By Jonathan Carone
#575611 That’s been fairly typical of the spring game even back when I was a student. The student side isn’t nearly as comfortable for a 1pm start on a warm day as the baptist side.
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By Cider Jim
#575612 It was so warm Saturday that if felt good to sit under the shade of the upper deck and be so close to the concession stands: my hamburger was FBS ready, but the condiments were D3 (no pickle relish or onions; just mayo, ketchup, & mustard).
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By A Sea of Red
#575622 This was the 2-deep for Saturday's spring game, *please note this is not an official depth chart*:

QB Buckshot - Cunningham/Bennett
RB Pickett - Mack/Boyd/Henderson
WR Louis - Shaa
WR Stubbs - Brumm
WR King - Wood
LT Schultz - McCaw
LG Bounds - Schlittler
C Sargeant - Graham
RG Duff - Bodden
RT Isaacson - Kourtis
TE Barrett - Huntley/Jackson

DE Lemonier
DT Elefante - Watson
DT Rusins - Pearson
DE Lewis - Sanders
LB Ajayi - Green
LB Jenkins - Wililams
ROV Harris - Espinoza/Tillmon
CB Faulks - Goetz
CB Wilson - Dabney
S Benton - Steele
S Scruggs - Alexander/Avery