Nicholls football

The Nicholls State University football team held their first scrimmage of fall camp this weekend in John L. Guidry Stadium.

The Colonels ran more than 100 plays in a controlled scrimmage.

The biggest explosion of the scrimmage came on the first play when Tahj Smith took a kickoff 95 yards to the house for a touchdown.

Nicholls coach Tim Rebowe said he believes all three phases - offense, defense and special teams - had both good and bad moments in the day.

The Colonels' offense scored four touchdowns in the game, while the defense forced two takeaways and had three sacks.

QUARTERBACKS SHINE; TOP RECEIVER EMERGES

There is no quarterback controversy in Thibodaux, of course, as senior Chase Fourcade will start for a fourth-straight season.

Fourcade looked the part on Saturday, completing 8-of-15 passes for 134 yards and two scores. The two touchdowns were both to Dai'Jean Dixon - one a 57-yarder and another from 30 yards out.

Dixon had a huge scrimmage on Saturday, making 6 grabs for 135 yards and three touchdowns.

But there is a little bit of a battle brewing to be Fourcade's backup in 2019 and possibly the Colonels' next starter.

Kohen Granier was 4-of-6 with 72 yards with a touchdown on Saturday, while Caleb Lee was 2-of-2 for 22 yards. Freshman Andrew Robison had a 20-yard completion.

DEFENSE ENJOYS IMPACTFUL DAY

Defensively, Nicholls was without a few key pieces on Saturday, but the unit was still impactful.

Darren Evans had an interception and a sack in the afternoon, while Allen Pittman stripped the ball on a running play and scooped it up for a takeaway.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Aaron Buckwalter had a big day, posting 9 tackles.

If there was a sore thumb for Nicholls on Saturday, it was on special teams.

NICHOLLS' KICKERS STRUGGLE

The Colonels did return the kickoff for a score and had other nice returns on the afternoon.

But the actual kicking game for Nicholls was not good. The Colonels converted just 5-of-12 field goals in the scrimmage.

Freshman Gavin Lasseigne was the lone bright spot, banging home both of his kicks.

FALL CAMP SCHEDULE

Monday, Aug. 12, Practice No. 10 (Full Pads), 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 13, Practice No. 11 (Shells), 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 14, Practice No. 12 (Full Pads), 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 15, Practice No. 13 (Shells), 8:30 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 16, Practice No. 14 (Helmets), 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 17, SCRIMMAGE and FAN DAY (Practice No. 15), 7 p.m. at Guidry Stadium

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Casey Gisclair is the Sports Editor at Rushing Media. A native of Cut Off and graduate of Louisiana State University, Casey is a lifelong sports fan who joined the Houma Times team in Dec. 2009 upon college graduation.

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