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NSU Sports

September 14, 2013

NSU hopes to tame Lions

A preview of the RiverHawks' game against Missouri Southern, plus a game capsule and notes on some of NSU's roster changes.

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More position changes

In addition to making necessary changes at quarterback and middle linebacker, the RiverHawks are also entering an experimental role on offense. NSU has moved Kenny Garrett from the defensive line to starting at right tackle.

“He’s a very unselfish player,” NSU head coach said of Garrett, a 6-4, 290-pound senior from Oklahoma City. “We experimented with him playing offensive tackle in the spring.”

With Garrett being inserted at the right tackle spot, Buck Spurger — who started at right tackle against Pittsburg State — was moved to a reserve role behind Trevon Lawson at right guard.

“It was hard to replace (Michael) Bowie and (Dustin) Reid,” Evans said of his starting left tackle from last year (Bowie) and his projected starter at right tackle this season before it was determined that Reid would not be given medical clearance to resume his collegiate career.

“The fact that Garrett was able to move there was a big plus. Hopefully we can protect our quarterback a little better.”

Evans described Spurger’s move to right guard as playing now at “his natural position.”

Garrett, who started at defensive tackle in the first week of the season, will be replaced in the starting rotation by Kenley Choute. Dakota Moran will back up Choute.

The RiverHawks’ only roster switch-up was moving former Broken Arrow standout Steven Hooper from safety to a reserve at running back. Hooper would be behind Joel Rockmore and Terrance Dixon and likely Ashdon Perry.

Hooper is still listed as the RiverHawks’ backup at strong safety.

On the airwaves

While it lacks the clout of a SEC or Big Ten Network, the MIAA Network will be in Tahlequah to televise the RiverHawks’ game against Missouri Southern on Saturday. The game will kick off at 2:37 p.m. at Doc Wadley Stadium.

The game can be viewed on Cox Communications’ channel 3 (703 for high definition).

This will be NSU’s lone game on the MIAA Network this season. Missouri Southern will be on the network again next week when it hosts Lincoln.

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