HUNTINGTON - No, it wasn't Tim Tebow making a play fake and bouncing off defenders at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. But there was a No. 15 playing quarterback running a little like Tebow.
OK, just a little. But Blake Frohnapfel showed he isn't a pass-from-the-pocket statue.
Frohnapfel's adventures were some of the highlights in Marshall's officiated scrimmage Saturday as coaches pulled the no-contact red jersey off of him. Playing with the second unit, as he has all month, the 6-foot-6 redshirt freshman was fair game for the defense.
Coaches wanted him exposed to contact for the first time since high school, and Frohnapfel was eager to take his first collegiate hits. He was told last Monday this was possible, and the defense got downwind of it as well.
Still, Frohnapfel ran for 48 yards on five carries, with a 10-yard touchdown.
"You could kind of tell [defenders] were like, 'We do hit him, right?' " Frohnapfel said. "They were all talking trash all week, saying, 'Wait 'til Saturday, wait 'til Saturday.' It was fun to come out here."
Frohnapfel's frolicking was one of the offensive highlights of an otherwise sluggish day for that side. Five offensive touchdowns were scored, but all came deep in the situational scrimmage when drives started in the defensive end.
Those of the few hundred Big Green donors and students who hung around long enough got to see offensive coordinator Bill Legg light into his troops. With practice not resuming until Monday, their ear will ring the rest of the weekend.
"He was on us, telling us we looked slow out there," said receiver Aaron Dobson. "We didn't run a fast-paced offense like we normally do, in the last couple of practices we had. We had a step backward today; we can't have any more of those."
Accordingly, the defense looked a little better than it did a week earlier. Offensive yardage was shaved from 6.1 yards per play to 5.3, and the defense picked off two passes and recorded three sacks.
Cornerback Derrick Thomas and linebacker Cortez Carter had the interceptions, and Carter receives unofficial credit for an 86-yard touchdown return (a whistle stopped the runback).
"I don't know what the stats are about, but I saw a lot of [defenders] running around, making plays. I saw a corner go make a play," said MU coach Doc Holliday. "Until you see the tape, you don't know exactly how well we played, but for the most part they tackled well and they played good."