FLORENCE — North Alabama’s defense continued to impress during Saturday’s scrimmage at Braly Stadium.
The defense held the offense without a touchdown during a morning scrimmage that consisted of between 75-90 plays.
The overall team performance left head coach Bobby Wallace pleased heading into the final week of practice.
“I thought we had a great scrimmage,” said Wallace. “We ran between 75 and 90 plays and were able to get a lot of people a lot of reps.”
Wallace was particularly impressed with the play of the defense.
“We really ran to the ball well and were very physical on defense,” Wallace said. “I think we are already ahead on defense from where we were at any point last season.”
Wallace singled out the play of sophomore Eddrick Harris.
“He is really coming on and has been flying to the ball,” Wallace said. “He is really helping us.”
Although the UNA offense didn’t score a touchdown in the scrimmage, Wallace still saw a lot of positives.
“We never put it in the end zone but we drove the ball well and then we would shut them down because we were only running so many plays,” Wallace said. UNA starting quarterback Luke Wingo moved the offense, but the play of back-up quarterback Jacob Tucker also caught Wallace’s eye.
“Luke played well and did a good job of moving the team, but we limited him as far as contact with a red shirt so he could only do so much,” said Wallace. “Tucker got a lot of reps and really had an impressive day. Our backs also ran the ball hard and I was very pleased overall.”
Wallace the Lions will use their practice in the coming week to prepare for Saturday’s annual Spring Game. Kickoff is 10 a.m. at Braly Stadium.
“We’ll divide up into teams next week and dedicate our time getting ready for Saturday,” Wallace said. “We’re looking forward to playing a game and having a little fun and a lot of competition.”