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Beck Leads Two Scoring Drives in Scrimmage

Posted - Aug. 20, 2004 at 4:41 p.m.



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PROVO, Utah -- Head coach Gary Crowton conducted two short practices Friday as the BYU football team continued the two-a-day portion of its Fall camp.

"We're getting a lot done," head coach Crowton said. "We're being really physical. Now I'm just going to try and get the guys back who've been nicked up. Hopefully we'll stay healthy for the remainder of camp and going into Notre Dame week."

The morning practice lasted about an hour, and the team worked out without pads. Following the practice, Crowton addressed some of the injuries the team has sustained during Fall camp.

Crowton said it is likely the team will redshirt junior college transfer Michael Morris and sophomore tight end Philip Niu.

"Philip Niu has a redshirt year and we've got a lot of good tight ends, and I think Michael Morris is going to need surgery," said Crowton while emphasizing that no definitive decisions have been made regarding any redshirts.

During the afternoon practice, the team worked on special teams, and closed the practice with a 29-play full-contact scrimmage. Crowton said he is using these shorter scrimmages to work on specific game situations. The situation the team faced today was coming from nine-points behind with five minutes to play.

Quarterback John Beck led two scoring drives during the scrimmage, one field goal by Matt Payne and one touchdown pass to Daniel Coats. Beck completed 8-of-13 passes for 87 yards during the drill.

The team will practice Saturday morning at 10 a.m. on the practice field. Saturday's practice is open to the public. Those wishing to attend should go to the southwest corner of the field where they can sit on bleachers or watch from the balcony of the Student Athlete Building. The final practice open to the public will be held on Tuesday, August 24. All remaining practices will be closed to the public.

Written by BYU Athletics Media Relations

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