Young leads Blue team to victory in Illinois intra-squad game

2013-04-13T23:15:00Z Young leads Blue team to victory in Illinois intra-squad gameThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 13, 2013 11:15 pm  • 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. | Illinois junior running back Donovonn Young rushed for 86 yards Friday in leading the Blue team to a 35-28 win over the Orange during an intra-squad game at Memorial Stadium.

Quarterback Nathan Scheelhasse contributed 210 yards and one touchdown and wide receiver Ryan Lankford had 77 yards and one touchdown for the Blue team.

Running back Dami Ayoola rushed for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and quarterback Reilly O'Toole scored the other two for the Orange.

The Illini's spring game allowed new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit to showcase his evolving system. Cubit, who was fired last season after eight years at Western Michigan, plans to operate the running game with straight runs. The scheme lets the running back know if he'll get the ball, as opposed to zone reads, in which the quarterback decides what to do with the ball.

It is a system that could please the 6-foot, 200-pound Young, who complained of a lack of carries last season.

Young's three touchdowns were all rushes. The first was five minutes into the game, when he ran up the middle for five yards. He then ran the final three yard around the left end. His next two touchdowns came on runs up the middle.

Young, along with sophomores Ayoola and Josh Ferguson, comprise one of the more experienced positions on the team. Ferguson dressed but did not play due to an ankle injury. Ayoola was quiet until the fourth quarter where he had two short touchdown runs.

The trio contributed to the majority of the running game in 2012, when they combined for 1,000 yards on 232 carries. Illinois finished last in the Big Ten in both scoring and yardage gained.

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