Cal Poly head football coach Tim Walsh said senior quarterback Tony Smith’s neck injury regressed after he made the trip to San Marcos, Texas, for the Mustangs’ 21-12 loss to Texas State last weekend.
So, Smith — who traveled only as the emergency third-string quarterback and did not play in San Marcos — will be staying home for this week’s trip to McNeese State in Lake Charles, La., and barring injury, sophomore Andre Broadous could be making his first start for Cal Poly (2-1) after Doug Shumway received most of the playing time against the Bobcats last week.
“It will be Andre and Doug,” Walsh said, “and we will probably give Andre the ball first this time, just because he got some meaningful plays last week for experience sake.”
Broadous had been battling Smith for the starting spot in the offseason before an ankle injury sidelined him following the team’s only full-contact scrimmage in training camp.
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Considered more of a running threat, Broadous was held out of the team’s first two games to allow his ankle to heal. Broadous was 1-for-2 passing for 2 yards against Texas State and rushed nine times for 32 yards.
“Andre’s 100 percent healthy,” Walsh said. “He’s had a good week of practice, so we’re going to give Andre the opportunity to start the game.”
The Cowboys (1-1) are still likely to see Shumway, who passed for 64 yards on 10 of 21 attempts and ran 23 times for 79 yards and a touchdown against the Bobcats. He was 3 for 3 for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the prior week’s upset over Montana.
Cal Poly wrestling earns preseason ranking
With three individuals ranked in the top 15 by Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine’s first preseason NCAA Division I Tournament Power Index, the Cal Poly wrestling team is tied for No. 28 in the publication’s team ratings.
The TPI predicts where teams will finish in the NCAA Tournament. Cornell was first with 82 points, followed by Pac-10 member Boise State (73), Oklahoma State (71.5) and Minnesota (55.5). Cal Poly and Iowa State tied with 16 points.
Cal Poly junior Boris Novachkov, seventh in the NCAA Tournament last season, is ranked No. 4 at 133 pounds. NCAA qualifier Filip Novatchkov, a senior, is No. 9 at 141. Sophomore Nick Fisher, who also qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season, is ranked No. 15 at 149.