Lacanaria, Hurt Lead Resurgent Offense in Ball Sate Football Spring Game


MUNCIE, Ind.– Senior wide receiver Corey Lacanaria and sophomore running back Markice Hurt each tallied first half touchdowns to help lead the offense to a victory over the defense in Saturday’s Ball State football spring game at Scheumann Stadium.
“We’ve had a good spring,” Neu said. “It’s been very competitive and great to see some of the injured guys back like Riley NealJames GilbertCorey LacanariaAlex Joss and Danny Pinter. I’d say for us it’s been very successful. Our guys know the next step for us is to transition to summer and get ready for training camp.”
Neal, Gilbert, Lacanaria, Joss and Pinter were all key contributors to the offense in 2017, but missed a combined 44 games last fall due to injury. 
Lacanaria, who only played in four games in 2017, finished with a game-high 118 receiving yards and scored on a 24-yard pass from Neal on the offense’s opening drive of the game. Gilbert was used on the opening drive as well and picked up 17 yards rushing. Neal saw all of his action in the first half and finished 6-of-10 for 93 yards and one touchdown. 
Hurt took most of the snaps at running back and made several nifty runs. The sophomore piled up 62 yards on nine carries, including a seven-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
The defense held the offense out of the end zone in the second half. A key sack in the red zone from junior linebacker Jacob White forced a field goal. The defense also stuffed Hurt on a 4th-and-1 play around the 30-yard line, led by nose tackle Chris Crumb as well as a whole group of defenders in red jerseys. Crumb led the defense with seven tackles and a sack. Junior Sean Hammonds was also credited with a sack.
Backup quarterback Drew Plitt took the majority of the reps for the offense and produced solid numbers – 13-of-18 for 132 yards. 
The football team will wrap up its spring practice season this coming week with two more practices on Monday and Tuesday.

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