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April 21, 2013

QB injuries highlight one-sided NSU spring game

TAHLEQUAH — Four quarterbacks were penciled in on Northeastern State’s spring game rosters. Only two finished with a clean bill of healthy.

Not the way you want to close out spring drills.

That’s what NSU was faced with Saturday afternoon, after Green dominated White, 29-0, in the RiverHawks’ annual spring game at Doc Wadley Stadium.

Both Josh Cousins (for Green) and Thor Long (for White) endured shoulder-related injuries in the first half.

Long’s injury occurred on a scrum for a loose ball on a fumble in the first quarter. Cousins was tackled by defensive end, James Renfrow, on a scramble attempt behind the line of scrimmage in the second quarter.

Northeastern State head coach Kenny Evans said both backups to Johnny Deaton need to learn how to avoid those precarious situations.

“They have to learn to get down at times,” Evans said. “That’s part of the learning process at quarterback, and they haven’t had many opportunities to do that in college football.”

With both quarterbacks no longer available for the spring game, Evans and his coaching staff adjusted how the game was called, in relation to contact with the quarterbacks.

“It was tag on the quarterback, because I definitely didn’t want to lose anyone else,” Evans said. “The game is still football, so you have to do what you can to get people ready.”

No other injuries were apparent during the two-hour contest.

Cawyer claims bragging rights

Evans was merely an on-field coordinator during the spring game. He left head-coaching duties up to Logan Cawyer and James Brinkley.

Cawyer’s was Green’s coach and picked up all reaped all the boasting rights following the game.

“I’ll give Brinkley a little what-for here and there,” said Cawyer, a graduate assistant and a former NSU tight end.

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