After suffering a neck sprain in the Cal Poly football team's 35-33 win over Montana on Saturday, senior quarterback Tony Smith is in jeopardy of staying home for this week's trip to Texas State — the first of five straight road games for the No. 17 Mustangs.
First- and second-team snaps at Wednesday's practice went to backups Doug Shumway — who passed for two touchdowns while leading Cal Poly to the win over the Grizzlies — and Andre Broadous, both sophomores.
"We don't even know if Tony can travel or not yet," Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh said. "So, as of right now, Andre and Doug will both play."
Even if Smith does make the trip "he'd have to be 100 percent strong," Walsh said, "and he really hasn';t taken very many reps. So, he would be the third guy."
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Broadous has yet to play this season after an ankle injury took him out of the team's only preseason scrimmage. Walsh said Broadous was held out of the first two games by coaches because of the injury.
Shumway stepped in for Smith in the second half Saturday and immediately hit David Mahr for an 83-yard touchdown pass. Shumway finished 3 of 3 for 128 and two touchdowns and added 39 rushing yards.
Shumway also had a costly fumble on a sack that led to Montana's last score, and the offense was flagged for a drive-stalling illegal shift on his watch late in the game as well.
Shumway was good but not perfect enough to keep a healthy Broadous off the field completely.
Walsh is telling both quarterbacks that each will play at some point. Depending on the defense, a change could happen early against the Bobcats, which would make the starting decision a little less impactful.
This week's practice time might not even determine which of the two plays more than the other. That decision will be influenced by another factor.
"Who plays better, probably," Walsh said. "I can't put it any simpler than that. The guy that gets something going and gets us in a rhythm, distributes the ball properly and manages the game properly will be the guy that will probably play.”
Cal Poly men's soccer hosts UCLA on Friday
The Cal Poly women's soccer team hung tough in a 1-0 loss to No. 1 North Carolina last week. Now, it's the Mustangs men's team's turn to see what it can do against a ranked opponent at Alex G. Spanos Stadium on Friday.
Cal Poly (3-4-0) will host No. 17 UCLA (3-1-0) at 7 p.m., looking to get its second upset victory over a ranked team in the span of eight days. The Mustangs beat then-No. 18 Indiana 1-0 in South Bend, Ind., last Friday.
The last time Cal Poly met UCLA, the Mustangs beat the Bruins 1-0 in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament but lost to Big West Conference rival UC Irvine in the follwing round.
Tenhaeff playing tough for San Diego State
Former Atascadero High standout Nick Tenhaeff is playing well enough as a redshirt freshman to open some eyes at San Diego State.
A 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker, Tenhaeff had a team-high five tackles in the team';s season-opening win against Division I-FCS Nicholls State and made a name pressuring the quarterback against New Mexico State this past week.
Tenhaeff spent his redshirt season rehabbing a shoulder injury he suffered with the Greyhounds but has since worked his way onto the second-team defense.
"I think he has great instincts," Aztecs head coach Brady Hoke told the San Diego Union Tribune. "Last year was a growing process for him. It helped him get ready physically. He's a guy that's got a passion for playing and he's got toughness to go with his athleticism. Those are pretty good qualities to have."
Former CU standout is National Player of Week
Jessie Heavenrich, the younger sister of 2005 Tribune County Football Player of the Year Jeb Heavenrich, was named Sports Imports/AVCA Division II National Player of the Week.
A former all-county volleyball honoree in her own right, the former Coast Union standout led Christopher Newport to a 4-0 record at the Trinity University Fall Classic, including two upsets over teams ranked in the top 25 coaches' poll.
For the week, Heavenrich nearly averaged a double-double, tallying 11.7 assists and 3.33 digs per set.