Led by sophomore linebacker Max Bullough’s team-best 11 tackles and defensive backs Johnny Adams and Tony Lippett each returning interceptions for touchdowns, the Spartans defense won the second jersey scrimmage of the preseason 78-44.
Utilizing a modified scoring system, the Spartans defense came up strong during the nearly three-hour, 183-play “situational” scrimmage on Sunday in Spartan Stadium and on the practice fields.
Four turnovers helped the defense who had fallen to the offense a week ago 67-63 in the first scrimmage of the preseason.
Lippett and Adams made the two biggest plays of the day with Lippett taking back his interception 33-yards for a touchdown, while Adams closed out the scrimmage with a 32-yard score of his own.
They were not alone in making big plays on the day as Tyquan Hammock showed why his move back to defense will be a positive this season with nine tackles to go with an interception he returned for 26 yards.
Taiwan Jones continued to show why he’ll have a great chance of seeing early playing time by recording nine assisted tackles on the day.
Also adding to the defensive stats was Taylor Calero who recovered a fumble.
Overall, the first string defense was perfect in the day not allowing the Spartans offense a touchdown.
Offensively the Spartans saw Kirk Cousins complete 11-of-25 passes for 153 yards and an interception. Back-up Andrew Maxwell didn’t fare much better going 10-of-23 for 126 yards and two interceptions on the day.
Senior B.J. Cunningham pulled down four passes on the day for 96 yards and saw Keith Nichol and Keith Mumphery each pull down four passes each.
Redshirt freshman Nick Hill led the rushing attack for the second scrimmage in a row with 25 carries for 85 yards. Le’Veon Bell finished with 68 yards and Larry Caper added 66 of his own respectively.