CHARLESTON, S.C. - With limited bodies available along the offensive line, Charleston Southern did the most they could for a spring game, holding an hour-long scrimmage and wrapping up with some situational drills.
First-year head coach Jamey Chadwell had six available offensive linemen for the spring game, with another four sitting on the sideline nursing injuries. The only scoring in the game was a 41-yard field goal from Mark Deboy.
"It wasn't the traditional spring game like most schools have but it was good to get out here and run around in front of the parents and fans for a while," said Chadwell. "With the numbers, there wasn't a lot we could do. We did get some good work in though. We didn't get anybody hurt. So it's a good day for us."
The offense versus defense scrimmage totaled about 52 plays, mixed in with special teams drills and skelton passing situations with no linemen. During the live action, the defense dominated most of the action, allowing a total ofn131 yards. The defense, unofficially, had two sacks and eight tackles for loss and recovered two fumbles.
"There were positives on both sides," said Chadwell. "With officials out there, we had several silly penalties. We jumped offsides a few times and we had some motion penalties. Those are things we can correct. I was disappointed with the turnovers. That had not been a big problem late in the spring."
Junior Malcolm Dixon is the projected starter at quarterback come fall but backups Briar Van Brunt and Danny Croghan saw significant action during the spring practices.
In the spring game, the passing numbers were marginal. The trio completed nine-of-19 attempts for 45 yards.
Zach Frazier led all running backs with 44 yards on seven carries. Linebacker Corbin Jackson was one of several players with three tackles for the defense.
Assessing his first spring as a whole, Chadwell says he saw progress but knows his team has a lot of work to do over the summer.
"I think, honestly, I would grade us out at C overall," said Chadwell. "I think today, as we have all spring, we saw some good and some bad. In terms of our execution, we are not close to an A right now. I think the one area where we have been good is our attitude and effort. We can't complain too much in that area.
"Now in terms of blocking, tackling and executing on both sides of the ball, we've got a ways to go. We had 15 practices. We have a good idea of what we have and now we have to work really hard to get better. I'm not disappointed with where we are but we know we have a long ways to go."
Chadwell indicated that as many as four of the seven offensive linemen signed in February will be needed to contribute in 2013 and addressed other needs as well.
"We certainly will be hoping for several linemen to come in August ready to contribute," said the coach. "We're a little thin at running back in terms of depth at the tailback position. We need to develop some depth at linebacker as well. The bottom line is those guys coming this summer need to be developed quickly. We will be looking for some of those guys to contribute in some way this fall."