There were big hits and big pass breakups, but it was Waiters who turned in the defensive highlight. With the second strings on the field, he gobbled up a Frohnapfel pass and could have walked in for the 12-yard touchdown.
For good measure, he had another interception off a tipped ball.
"Good for him," Heater said. "It's a tough year when you get injured like that and fight your way through adversity. It's nice to be rewarded with a fun night. It doesn't mean much in the whole scheme of things, but it means something."
Linebacker Stefan Houston suffered perhaps the first substantial injury of the month, hurting his right knee. He did not put any weight on the leg after he was helped off. Later, defensive end Arnold Blackmon was helped off the field. On Smith's touchdown catch, he was tended to, perhaps getting the wind knocked out of him when he landed on his back.
Tight end Eric Frohnapfel sat out, as did placekicker Justin Haig.
Speaking of placekicking, Amareto Curraj and Nick Smith continued their pursuit of field-goal duties, trying kicks from 33 to 47 yards. Of five attempts, Curraj hit three and Smith hit two, with Jarquez Samuel blocking one.
Camp continues, as the Herd has another week before the semester starts. Practices will be closed from here on out.
RUSHING - Taliaferro 10-48; Watson 11-26; Cato 4-3, (TD); Butler 3-12; Holcombe 1-(-5); D. Johnson 2-2; B. Frohnapfel 1-10. Total 32-96, 1 TD.
PASSING - Cato 13-21-0, 141 (TD); B. Frohnapfel 12-20-1, 136 (TD); Holcombe 6-14-1, (TD). Totals 31-55-2, 356.
RECEIVING - D. Smith 10-103 (TD); Hoskins 6-49; D. Johnson 5-93; Evans 3-29; Garrett 2-38 (TD); Taliaferro 1-(-1); King 1-14 (TD); Butler 1-7; Hunt 1-18; Woodrum 1-8; Knight 1-7.
DEFENSE - Leggett 4 tackles, 1 TFL; Thomas 2 tackles, 1 PBU; Roberts 3 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU; Tindal 3 tackles, 1 PBU; Rouse 3 tackles; Waiters 3 tackles, 2 INTs - 1 for TD, 1 PBU; Letman 4 tackles, 1 FF; Hunter 6 tackles; M. Johnson 2 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU; C. Wilson 2 tackles; McKelvey 2 tackles, 1 TFL; Reichle 1 tackle; Lovett 3 tackles, 1 FR, 1 PBU; Myers 4 tackles; Hewitt 6 tackles; D. Mitchell 1 tackle, 0.5 TFL, 0.5 sack; Pickett 1 tackle; Holmes 2 tackles; Carter 1 tackle; Turene 5 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 0.5 sack; Bazzie 3 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 PBU; Taylor 3 tackles, TFL, 1 PBU; Thompson 3 tackles, 2 PBUs; Gilchrist 1 tackles, 1 TFL; Dillon 1 tackle, 1 TFL; Sparrow 1 tackle; J. Brown 4 tackles.
TOTAL OFFENSE - 87 plays, 452 yards, (5.2 per play).
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