March 23, 2007
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman Paladins will undergo their biggest scrimmage of the spring practice season Saturday beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Paladin Stadium, head coach Bobby Lamb has confirmed.
"We'll try to go for two hours or something in the neighborhood of 100 plays," said Lamb, whose squad has been hit hard by injuries in two areas -- wide receiver and tight end -- since practice began March 7. The Paladins will have four practice opportunities remaining after Saturday.
"Ideally, we'd like to devote a lot of time to our passing game, but I don't know if that's possible due to the number of injuries we've had in those two areas. It seems most of our banged up players are receivers."
The Paladins' top two tight ends, rising sophomores Chris Truss and Larry Hedden, have been limited with shoulder and quadricep strains, respectively, and in the wide receiving corps rising sophomores R.J. Webb and Keiron Williams have been sidelined recently with hamstring strains. Truss and Hedden combined to start in four games last fall, and Webb caught 28 passes for 407 yards and a touchdown in his first season of play in 2006. Williams missed virtually all of the 2006 campaign due to a broken foot but is expected to compete for significant playing time this fall. Another highly regarded wideout, Adam Mims, will miss the entire spring after sustaining a broken leg in the North Carolina game and ankle injury in an intramural basketball contest in December. He has four years of eligibility remaining.
Furman is expected to return 16 starters off last year's squad, which posted an 8-4 record and No. 12 final national ranking.