Defense leads the way in NSU spring game

by Jamaar Hawkins, i64sports

On a Friday night that amounted to perfect football weather, Norfolk State closed out the spring with a dominant effort by its defense in the Spartans annual green & gold game.

Speaking to NSU head coach Latrell Scott following the game, it was apparent the defense is heads and shoulders above the offense at this point in the preseason.

“I think some guys played well considering the point of where we’re at right now. It has kind of been a back and forth between the offense and defense all spring,” Scott said of his team’s performance during the annual event which drew a delighted crowed under the Friday night lights.

One of the standouts for this year’s defensive unit could be defensive lineman De’Shaan Dixon, a Western Branch graduate. Granby alum
Shaviavea Williams was also among the bright spots for the Spartans. Both Dixon and Williams were MVP choices for their respective position groups.

“The 757 kids really stood out. We have a lot of young guys that are playing well for us, but you also have to throw in a guy like Nigel Chavis who has been with us for awhile now.”

On offense, Scott appears settled on Juwan “Pootie” Carter at quarterback. The junior finished with 162 total yards in limited game action.

“{Pootie} has played well for us. He’s our starter. I think he had one bad throw during the spring game. D’Andre {Thomas} has also had a pretty good spring for us, but when you have a quarterback talented like Pootie you have to stick wit him,” added Scott.

“The main thing is everyone is healthy,” Scott noted after the scrimmage. Now guys can finish up strong in the classroom.

Norfolk State opens the 2019 regular season on August 31st vs Old Dominion.

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