Back with a Shock notebook. Topics of the day include Andy Olson's knee, Adam Shackleford's review of the Tri-Cities game and the af2 schedule that has Spokane facing Boise, Tri-Cities and Stockton three times each for the second straight season.
Read on for the unedited version of an article that will run in Wednesday's S-R.
Second-year receiver Andy Olson has never missed an arenafootball2 game with the Spokane Shock, but that’ll probably change Saturday.
Olson sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee late in Saturday’s 62-32 win over Tri-Cities and he’s expected to miss Saturday’s showdown with
“It’s nowhere near as bad as the first time I did it in high school,” Olson said. “The season was over so I don’t know how long I was out. In college (at
Olson doesn’t anticipate being sidelined for long. He hasn’t ruled out playing against
Olson was injured while dragging a defender over the goal line on a 30-yard touchdown pass.
“I think my foot got stuck in the turf and he hit my knee inwards before my upper body hit the ground, which put all the pressure on my knee,” Olson said.
Patrick Bugg, who had 34 receptions last year, is expected to replace Olson in the lineup. Olson has been playing “wing” receiver. The wing receiver is usually in motion, “but our offense has evolved to where I can get the ball to whoever we need to and put whoever we need to in motion,” head coach Adam Shackleford said. “When this was a two-way game, the wing was your pure receiver that probably caught more balls than anyone else.”
Vijil, who played wing last season, will return to the position against
For the second straight season,
“It cuts down on travel costs,” Shackleford said. “I’m really hoping we get a team back next year. It gets a little stale (playing same opponent three times), but it beats flying to
There is some discussion that
Upon further review
After watching the videotape, Shackleford had few complaints from Saturday’s easy win.
“We definitely made some mistakes, but we scored on every drive,” he said. “Our pass protection was very good and overall (quarterback) Nick (Davila) played very well. Our receivers are starting to work together and our fullback play (with Harrison Nikolao) has been outstanding.”
The defense yielded just four touchdowns and two field goals.
“We didn’t let down this game,” Shackleford said. “We played very hard against
Backup quarterback Casey Hansen handled