“The one thing about developing players is every time you go out there, you see something that you haven't seen before and I saw that,” Crowe said following the 82-play scrimmage.
Crowe said he was extremely pleased with the play of freshman signees Miles Jones (Kennesaw, Ga.) and Telvin Brown (Carrollton, Ga.).
“Miles is a really, really good back and we are very fortunate to have the quality of runners that we have,” said Crowe. “Telvin Brown looked like a dominate player out there today.”
Jones rushed for 2,142 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior at Allatoona High School and earned the Region 7AAA Offensive Player of the Year last year. Brown finished his senior season with 99 carries for 1,019 yards and 20 touchdowns to help Carrollton High School post an 11-2 record last year.
Crowe said he also saw some really good things from the Gamecock defensive unit.
“Even though our defense gave up way too much, I thought there was some guys that I thought really did some good things,” added Crowe.
“I saw us create opportunities on defense today that I have never seen us do before,” said Crowe. “I saw us execute some packages. I know we're thinking and striving to make things happen on defense.
“I really thought there were more big plays given up on defense on individual breakdowns and not on lack of ability,” said Crowe. “There is an excitement over there and if we get some leadership, I think we will grow into what we want to be.”
Junior quarterback Coty Blanchard saw his first action in full pads and the signal caller said he was comfortable under center.
“It felt great for my first time in full pads and just starting to get hit a little bit,” said Blanchard. “I was really just ready to get into it full speed. I kind of remembered where I left off last year, so it came easy to me today.
“I just wanted to have a good day, be smooth with everything, with all my calls and all my checks,” added Blanchard. “I just wanted to deliver the ball and I thought for the most part, I did a decent job.”
More than 1,500 fans attended Saturday's Fan Day to meet the 2012 Jacksonville State football team and get autographs prior to the only open scrimmage of the preseason and senior quarterback Marques Ivory said it meant a lot to the team.
“It means a lot to the team to see all these people come out today,” Ivory said. “It's good to see different people, we've been in camp for two weeks now and it just feels good to see our fans and families.”
Jacksonville State will be off on Sunday and will return to the practice field on Monday as the season opener is just two weeks away.
The Gamecocks open the season at Arkansas on Sept. 1 and a limited number of tickets are still available by calling the JSU Athletic Ticket Office at 256-782-8499.