EKU Football scrimmage recap

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RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University football team held its first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium.

“It’s what we expected from practice number six and the first scrimmage of the spring,” head coach Mark Elder said.  “Some good and some bad, some ups and some downs.  There was a lot of energy and a lot of excitement out here today.  I’m very pleased with the effort.”

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While the offense had plenty of impressive moments, the defense allowed just one touchdown.

Early in the scrimmage, running back Ethan Thomas took a screen pass and turned it into a 40-yard gain down the right sideline.  LJ Smith capped the drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass.

Neiko Creamer made an outstanding one-handed reception along the right sideline for what would have been a 22-yard catch from newcomer Garrett Kruczek, but Creamer came down out of bounds.

A pair of transfer running backs – Jason Lewis (Arizona State) and LJ Scott (Louisville) – had a number of long runs.

On the defensive side Eric Reed intercepted a pass.

“There was about a 30-degree temperature change from what we had been used to recently,” Elder said.  “We had to slow some things down between periods.”

The Colonels have three practices scheduled for next week.  The spring practice period wraps up on Saturday, April 15 with the annual Maroon & White Game at 4 p.m. Admission is free.

EKU Football Spring Practice Schedule
March 27        8:15 a.m.
March 29        8:15 a.m.
March 31        4:40 p.m.
April 3            8:15 a.m.
April 5            8:15 a.m.
April 7            4:40 p.m.
April 10          8:15 a.m.
April 12          8:15 a.m.

April 15         4:00 p.m. (MAROON & WHITE GAME)

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com