Created:Saturday, April 20, 2013 6:41 p.m.CST
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Team Tripodi's win at Huskie Bowl caps spring practice

By STEVE NITZ - snitz@shawmedia.com
(For Shaw Media - Erik Anderson)

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DeKALB – Juwan Brescacin leaped and fought two defenders for the ball.

The sophomore wide receiver, a member of the Black team in Saturday's Huskie Bowl, used his 6-4, 219-pound frame and wrestled a pass away from one Cardinal defender and came down with it.

Granted it was the Huskie Bowl and not the Super Bowl, but it was a catch similar to former New York Giant wide receiver David Tyree's big grab against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

"It was just Drew (Hare) trusting me to go up and get the ball," Brescacin said. "He threw it up and I saw it and I caught it, and that's basically what the coaches tell us to do, so it was just my first instinct."

Brescacin had a big day, grabbing three balls for 120 yards and a touchdown in a 31-7 win for Joe Tripodi's team.

There was a lot of sloppiness Saturday afternoon. With the unfamiliarity the teams had, Cardinal coach Kevin Kane mentioned that the offensive lines had never worked together, while the running backs weren't used to working with their respective offensive lines.

"It's definitely part of the deal, you've got to get used to it," Kane said. "Still have to run our offense. But guys had fun out there. I was a little disappointed, I wish we could have ran it a little better. It was fun nonetheless."

The game saw numerous penalties and five interceptions, four courtesy of the Black team. Cornerback Sean Evans had two for Tripodi's squad, while defensive end Stephen O'Neal recovered a fumble for the Cardinal.

Team Tripodi QB Drew Hare was the most impressive quarterback, finishing 7 of 10 for 143 yards and a TD. Hare had no problem throwing the ball up to Brescacin when he made the circus-like catch.

"We had our post to the field and that's what Brescacin was running. I felt like he had a favorable matchup," Hare said. 'I put it up there for him, he's a playmaker. He's going to come down with it most of the time."

Wide receiver will be the offense's biggest question mark heading into fall camp. Brescacin is a guy who earned more playing time at the end of last season and will be in the mix to be one of Jordan Lynch's key targets. Sophomore Angelo Sebastiano, who caught two touchdowns in last week's spring game, came up with seven grabs for 92 yards and a touchdown for Team Kane on Saturday.

Brescacin was a confident player at the end of last season, and it's carried over into the spring.

"With Martel (Moore) and Perez (Ashford) leaving, it gave me the chance to come out and just play (this spring)," Brescacin said. "Not being a freshman now, and having some experience playing last season, it helped me with spring ball."

Fall camp is a long way away, but Brescacin, Hare and the rest of Tripodi's team will get to cap off spring practice with a nice steak dinner.

"It's going to be nice. It's well deserved," Hare said. "Everybody's been working really hard. It's pretty exciting."

Who wins the Boca Raton Bowl?
NIU
Marshall