Depth And Youth Impressive In Buffaloes' Final Tune Up

Aug. 26, 2004

The West Texas A&M University's two-hour controlled scrimmage Thursday night at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium was a showcase of the Buffaloes' depth and youth as the WTAMU coaching staff came away pleased with their final tune up for next week's season-opener.

With the countdown to kickoff of the 2004 campaign just nine days away, head coach Ronnie Jones was pleased with the Buffaloes' final tune up for the season-opener at East Central University on Sept. 4.

"I was happy with three main things, one we came out of here healthy, second we got better from last week and third, we were able to play some of our younger players and get a good look at them," Jones said. "I was very pleased that our special teams was impressive for the second week in a row and they keep getting better."

Junior back-up quarterback Dalton Bell was one of those younger players who shined, as he uncorked a 56-yard touchdown run and was also 6-8 for 79 yards passing.

The Buffalo defense again showed continued improvement, as they tallied several sacks, broke up a few passes and snagged two interceptions. The special teams unit recorded big plays for the second-consecutive week, as sophomore punt returner Jason Jones broke a 69-yard return for a score and junior placekicker Jacob Felton booted field goals from 42 and 44 yards out. Felton drilled a 55-yarder in last week's scrimmage.

Senior preseason All-American punter Chad Kennedy had four punts for a 43.8 average, pinning one inside the 20.

The Buffaloes bring back 20 starters (10 offense, 8 defense, 2 special teams) and 38 letterwinners from last year's 3-8 campaign, entering the season-opener Sept. 4 at East Central University at 6 p.m.

WTAMU's home opener is Patriot Day, Sept. 11, as the Buffaloes host the University of Central Oklahoma at 6 p.m. at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium, featuring a special pregame ceremony, as well as post-game fireworks and laser light show to honor Patriot Day.

For ticket information, contact the WTAMU Athletics Ticket Office: 806-651-4424.


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Head Coach Ronnie Jones was pleased with WTAMU's scrimmage Thursday night, the Buffaloes' final tune-up for their season-opener Sept. 4 at East Central University.
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