Soph. quarterback is star of spring game

Published by adviser, Author: D.J. Vasil - Rocket Contributor, Date: April 27, 2012
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Slippery Rock University football concluded spring drills last Friday by holding their annual Green and White spring game, which saw the white team defeat the green team, 35-22, at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.

Rock head coach George Mihalik was satisfied with how the game played out.

“I’m really pleased with the team’s effort in the Green and White game,” Mihalik said. “I thought there was great competition between the defense and the offense. There was some good hard hitting, and the energy and enthusiasm was high.”

The white team featured the offense, while the green team featured the defense.

“The first half was between the first units,” Mihalik said. “It was pretty much an even game between the first offense and first defense. As a head coach I like to see that, where one side didn’t dominate another. The second half we started the first units against the second units. It developed the way you would think. The first team defense controlled the second team offense and the first offense put up some points against the second defense.”

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jared Buck led the way for the Rock offense, posting impressive numbers, going 27-37 for 326 yards with two touchdowns. Redshirt senior running back Akeem Satterfield was the leading rusher, gaining 107 yards on 14 carries.

“I thought Jared Buck, for his first game type experience with the offense, played very well,” Mihalik said. “Akeem ran well. So did the other running backs, Jimmy Zubik, Teddy Blakeman and Brett Crenshaw.”

Satterfield will look to play a full season in 2012 after missing several weeks because of a knee injury.

“I felt great during the game,” Satterfield said. “It felt like nothing happened to my knee. I got fully recovered and got some decent time off and I’m back at it one hundred percent.”

Defensively, the Rock was led by redshirt senior defensive end Jeff Thompson and redshirt junior linebacker Bob Westerlund. Westerlund returned an interception for a touchdown.

“On defense, Jeff Thompson showed why he should be a premiere defensive end in the conference,” Mihalik said. “Bob Westerlund also turned in a good day.”

The Rock will open up the season at home Thursday, August 30 at 7 p.m. against Seton Hill University.

“Another plus is, we came out of the game without a serious injury and that’s always a great way to end the spring,” Mihalik said. “I’m looking forward to the season opener against Seton Hill.”

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