Lagrone paces Lions in scrimmage


Arkansas-Pine Bluff running back Aaron Lagrone finished with a pair of touchdowns to lead a balanced rushing attack in the Golden Lions’ first scrimmage of fall practice on Wednesday afternoon at the Golden Lions Practice Field.

Lagrone, a Watson Chapel product, and Michael Wilson combined for 87 yards on the ground and three TDs. Lagrone scored TDs from six yards and 10 yards outs as he finished the scrimmage with 45 yards on four carries. Wilson, a big bruising full back tallied 42 yards on nine carries as he grinded out eight yards for the score.

Preseason Southwestern Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Benjamin Anderson completed 10 passes in 19 attempts for 66 yards with a touchdown pass and one interception. On the ground Anderson recorded 44 yards on nine carries. On the third series, Anderson connected with Willie Young from 21 yards out for a TD.

The UAPB quarterbacks were able to spread the wealth around as 12 Lion receivers recorded receptions. C.J. Branch led the receiving corp as he tallied two receptions for 32 yards, followed by Young with two receptions for 25 yards and the touchdown.

Preseason All-SWAC first-team selection Antonio Jenkins led the defense as he recorded six total stops and one tackle for loss, followed by Jarel Wright, who tallied four tackles and one tackle for loss and Willie Duncan, who recorded three total takedowns in the scrimmage.

UAPB will hold two-a-days practice on Thursday with the morning practice slated to begin at 8:15 a.m. and will return for their afternoon practice at 2:15 p.m.