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Shock sign Porterie, Havrilla

Two AFL rookies are getting a crash course in quarterbacking from Andy Olson as the Shock take on the difficult task of replacing Erik Meyer.

Meyer is out for at least six weeks with a broken collarbone. Spokane signed Donovan Porterie and Dennis Havrilla on Wednesday. Former EWU quarterback Kyle Padron also tried out but wasn't signed as of Wednesday. Here's my article that ran in today's S-R.

Spokane, playing for the second time in five days, doesn't have much time to coach up the new starting quarterback. Olson said he'll probably make a decision on the starter after today's practice. The Shock face Pittsburgh on Friday.


The more things change …

Another week with the Shock and another three-player race for the quarterback job and another standout receiver leaving for the UFL.

Read more in my weekly Shock notebook that will run in Wednesday's S-R. Here's the link.

Hansen, Sheffield added to roster

Spokane’s muddled quarterback situation is clearing up.

The Shock, who lost quarterbacks Bill Stull and Kyle Rowley to injuries in Saturday’s win over Dallas, brought in three quarterbacks for tryouts and Casey Hansen and Steven Sheffield have been added to the roster. Hansen was Spokane’s No. 2 quarterback in 2009. Sheffield, an arena football rookie, played at Texas Tech.

Head coach Rob Keefe hasn’t announced a starter for Friday’s game against Tampa Bay.

It was initially thought Stull, who suffered a bone bruise in his left knee, might return in a week or two, but he was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. After Friday’s game, Spokane visits Kansas City (2-7) and then has a bye week before entertaining Philadelphia (3-6). Stull could return for Spokane’s home game against Chicago on June 18.

Rowley, who is on injured reserve with a sprained AC joint, hopes to return later in the regular season.

“Casey proved himself during the 2009 season and again this week in practice,” Keefe said. “On short notice, it is great to get a QB who already has arena experience. He has cannon for an arm and he is extremely accurate.”

Sheffieldcompleted 69 percent of his passes for 1,578 yards during his Texas Tech career.

“If it weren’t for the NFL lockout, a player like Steve Sheffield would not be available to us,” Keefe said. “He has a huge upside and I’m excited to teach him the arena game.”

Receiver Chas Gessner, who filled in as an emergency quarterback last Saturday, was released.

Stull gets good news, Rowley on IR

Checked in at Shock practice today where Bill Stull (pictured above) received some good news regarding his left knee and Kyle Rowley was placed on injured reserve. Three quarterbacks audtioning for the starting — and backup — job threw about a billion passes. WR Markee White ran numerous pass routes, but his status for Friday's game hasn't been determined.

Here's my article that will run Wednesday's S-R.

Shock bringing in three QBs for tryouts

Spokane doesn't know the full extent of injuries to quarterbacks Bill Stull's knee and Kyle Rowley's right (throwing) shoulder.

In the meantime, the team will bring in three quarterbacks for tryouts: Casey Hansen, who backed up Nick Davila in Spokane's 2009 af2 championship season; Steven Sheffield, a former QB at Texas Tech; and Josh Powell, who played at Harding University.

Hansen was 42 of 58 for 543 yards in 11 games. He had 13 touchdown passes and no interceptions. Hansen re-signed with the Shock, but was cut prior to the 2010 season.

Sheffield passed for 359 yards and three touchdowns with the Red Raiders in 2010. He was 101 of 136 for 1,219 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2009.

Powell played at Shadle Park High and committed to Eastern Washington. He left EWU and transferred to Long Beach City College before finishing his career at Harding in Arkansas.

Spokane didn't practice Monday, but is expected to be back on the field Tuesday. Stull, in his first start with the Shock, hurt his left knee late in the first quarter and was on crutches after the game. Rowley hurt his shoulder early in the fourth quarter and wasn't able to continue. Receivers Chas Gessner and Emery Sammons filled for the last couple possessions of Spokane's 71-49 win over Dallas.

Eags don pads in search of next QB

Eastern Washington University football coach Beau Baldwin put his team through its first full-pads workout of spring drills Wednesday afternoon and felt his Eagles were a little flat, at times, during a full-contact practice that ended a prolonged layoff.

You can check out the practice story that ran in Wednesday morning’s S-R here, and you can read some additional thoughts and comments from Baldwin, quarterbacks coach Zak Hill and  two of the six players competing for the starting quarterback job below.

Eags’ signees add to intrigue of QB position

As promised, we’re back with an early look at the Eastern Washington football signees story that will appear in Thursday morning’s S-R. You can access it here.

And we’ve also included some personal thoughts and additional comments from Beau Baldwin on the Eagles’ crowded quarterback situation that now includes six — count ‘em, six! — candidates to replace Matt Nichols.

Please read on.

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