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Defense Strong in 45-26 Spring Football Game Victory
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 04/14/2012
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The Richmond Spiders football team closed out the spring portion of its 2012 season on Saturday with its annual Spring Game at Robins Stadium. The Defense earned a 45-26 victory over the Offense using a modified scoring system.

Highlighting the first half for the Offense was rising redshirt freshman running back Dominique Miller, who finished the half with five carries for 25 yards. Miller had three consecutive first downs in the final minutes of the second quarter, including a 5-yard reception from rising redshirt sophomore quarterback Michael Strauss.

Strauss would score the game's lone touchdown with a two-yard run to close that same drive in the second quarter. He would also turn in a 17-yard toss to rising junior wide receiver J.R. Riddick earlier in the quarter.

Rising redshirt senior defensive back Cooper Taylor dominated on defense in the opening half, tallying two tackles and a pass breakup to go with an interception late in the half to hand the Defense a 22-19 lead heading into intermission.

Taylor's first-half display would be a sign of things to come after intermission, as the Defensive would continue to pull away in the second half.

Rising redshirt sophomore defensive back Reggie Barnette extended the led to 34-20 with his third-quarter interception of Strauss, with rising sophomore defensive back Justin Grant following suit down the stretch by picking off rising redshirt senior John Laub.

Barnette led the Defense with 10 tackles on the day, which included four unassisted stops. Taylor tallied six tackles, five of which were unassisted, with Grant and rising redshirt sophomore defensive back DeShawn Holmes each securing six stops in the game.

Miller finished with 42 yards on 12 carries, while Laub and rising junior wide receiver Ben Edwards each had 19 yards on three carries. Ponder wrapped up the day with 32 yards on three receptions to help the Offense's cause.

Kamin connected on his only field goal attempt of the afternoon, a 24-yard kick in the second quarter. Hinshaw converted the only point-after attempt of the game following Strauss' two-yard touchdown run.

Laub finished the game 8-of-19 for 58 yards with a pair of interceptions. Strauss completed 5-of-11 for 49 yards and one interception, while White was 5-of-15 for 33 yards.

During halftime of Saturday's game, first-year head coach Danny Rocco handed out the Spring Awards. Taylor received the Weight Room Champion Award, while rising redshirt sophomore linebacker Eric Wright was named Most Improved Defensive Player and rising redshirt junior Sam Roller was selected Most Improved Offensive Player. Taylor and Laub were voted as captains for the 2012 season, with additional team captains set to be named at the conclusion of summer practices.

Richmond opens its 2012 season at Virginia on Sept. 1, with the home-opener set for the following Saturday against Gardner-Webb. Stay updated on all the latest Spider Football news and videos on the team's Spring Practice Central page

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