Wednesday, August 20, 2008

ECU short-handed for scrimmage

Bumps and bruises will keep several starters watching from the sidelines

Bob Forrest Sports Writer

Ada — East Central University football coach Kurt Nichols moved this week’s preseason scrimmage to Wednesday so the Tigers could have an extra day of preparation for their Aug. 28 season opener in Huntsville, Texas, against Division 1-AA power Sam Houston State. Now if Nichols can just find a few extra bodies to take part in Wednesday evening’s session.

Injuries on the offensive line, in the secondary and at quarterback will force the ECU staff to assemble makeshift lineups on both sides of the ball for the scrimmage, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at Norris Field. Nichols said he hopes most of his walking wounded will be available eight days later when the Tigers face SHSU and former University of Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar in one of the toughest openers in school history.

“I just wanted an extra day to recuperate,” Nichols said of his decision to move the scrimmage from Thursday to Wednesday. “That will give us an extra day to get ready for Sam Houston.

Go to the Ada Evening News for the rest of the story.

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