UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – The Saginaw Valley State University football team completed the 2022 spring camp with the annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 16 on the SVSU practice fields.
The Spring Game featured a 60-play situational segment covering 13 different game simulations and situations, as well as a 50-play live scrimmage. Approximately 1,000 supporters of SVSU football braved the windy and cold conditions to get a first glimpse at the 2022 Cardinal team.
Offensive Highlights Included:
QB - Andrew Brito - 1 TD Pass - 25 Yds to Derrick Hinton
QB - Willie Taylor - 1 TD Pass - 15 Yds to Sam Dersa
RB - Austin Bills - 1 TD Rushing
WR - Arron Foulkes - 5 Yd TD Reception
WR - Jonah Meleski - 13 Yd TD Reception
WR - Derrick Hinton - 25 Yd TD Reception
WR - Sam Dersa - 15 Yd TD Reception
Defensive Highlights Included:
CB - Leroy Watson - 2 PBU's
DL - Timothy Alonzo - 4 Tackles
CB - Danny Mason - Forced Fumble
DB - Michael Woolridge - 9 Tackles
DT - Vic Nelson - 4 Tackles & 1.5 TFLs
LB - Derek Thomason - 1 TFL & 1 PBU
LB - Micah Cretsinger - Blocked FG
LB - Brandon Rawls - 4 Tackles & 1 Sack
Prior to the Spring Game, the Cardinals hosted a free youth clinic with 194 total participants and 600 people in attendance. The event included six guest speakers, including Super Bowl Champion Ron Stanley from Saginaw High School.
The clinic was sponsored by the Saginaw Fordney Club.
Comments from Head Coach Ryan Brady:
"Overall, I'm very pleased with how we performed as a team. I thought our kids did an outstanding job at our youth camp and played with great energy, enthusiasm, and spirit in the Spring Red Feather Classic. The weather and field conditions made it challenging, and I thought our kids responded well to all of that. You never would have known it was 30 degrees, with high winds, and snow. And judging from the crowd we had today, you would have thought it was Sunny and 70 outside. Unbelievable, turnout, and support for our program right now. Thank you to everyone who came out to support our kids, we appreciate you all. We are as excited as you all are for 2022!"
"The Spring Game was very situationally oriented. I felt our kids did a nice job of processing and executing the situations on both sides of the football. Defensively, we tackled very well today. Offensively, I thought we played with good balance and protected the football. Lastly, we came away healthy which is always a concern. It was a great day for SVSU Football. The coaching staff and players were able to impact the young men in the community in a positive way at our Free Clinic & Camp. And serving others is what it is all about in our program. I would just like to thank the Fordney Club for its partnership on this event as well as Saginaw United and Head Coach Lee Arthur for all his help and assistance in having a fantastic turnout."
Full Interview with Head Coach Ryan Brady Below: