Sullivan shines in second scrimmage for Statesmen

CLEVELAND, Mississippi – Balance was the name of the game Sunday, Aug. 24 for the Delta State University football team, as head coach Todd Cooley and his staff put the Statesmen through a 75-play scrimmage at Parker Field-McCool Stadium. After the final whistle, it was hard to tell who held the upper hand in the near-oppressive heat.
“I really felt like the defense played with a greater intensity today and our offensive execution was solid,” Cooley said. “Overall, we improved from last week and that’s what we have to do every time out to get ready for Fort Valley State.”
The offense scored three touchdowns Sunday, all by the first team against the second team defense. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Tyler Sullivan completed 21-of-23 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns with the first team. He completed his last 14 passes of the scrimmage, including a 31-yard fade to Casey Osborne.
Sullivan connected with Jarvis York, who finished with four receptions for 34 yards, for a 17-yard touchdown to get the scoring started. The Louisville native found Collin Floyd on a 5-yard out route for the second score through the air. Floyd caught four passes on the day for 29 yards.
Eddie McCadney, who scored the lone rushing touchdown, rushed for just five yards, but made the most of his 2-yard plunge into the end zone.
Osborne led the receiving corps with five grabs for 77 yards while Patrick Bethley caught four passes for 50 yards, including an acrobatic 23-yard affair over the middle.
Late in the scrimmage, redshirt freshman Trace Bray ripped off the longest run of the day, a 14-yard effort up the middle. The Cleveland product finished with four carries for 28 yards.
Defensively, C.J. Shepherd had the big play of the day for first team defense, picking off Travis Champion and returning it for 10 yards. Jon Knox also broke up three passes on the afternoon while Trent Dunne collected two sacks. Wilson Curtis also turned in a solid performance with seven stops.
The Statesmen will spend the next two weeks preparing for their season opener on Saturday, Sept. 6 at Fort Valley State University. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Wildcats Stadium.

Tyler Sullivan, DSU
 QB at 6’ 3” and 236 lbs prepares to make a pass during practice.

Tyler Sullivan, DSU
 QB at 6’ 3” and 236 lbs prepares to make a pass during practice.