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Sat August 21, 2004
Eagles Shift to Game Mode
By Brian Nemerovski
YPSILANTI – During Eastern Michigan's first full scrimmage since the April spring game, head coach Jeff Genyk learned a lot about a pair of supposed backups.
Sophomore quarterback Ken Bohnet turned in an efficient performance Thursday afternoon, providing Genyk some insurance if starter Matt Bohnet goes down.
"Ken had a very good scrimmage," Genyk said. "He graded out in the high 90s, and he was very aggressive."
Perhaps a bigger surprise recently has been the emergence of junior tailback Nelson Drew as a serious challenger to record-setting incumbent Anthony Sherrell.
Sherrell set an EMU record with 1,531 yards last season, but Drew's superior blocking skills have him fighting for playing time.
"In the last few practices, Nelson Drew has been the more complete running back," Genyk said. "Both are definitely going to play."
The Eagles have begun to incorporate scout teams into their work as they prepare for the season opener against Buffalo (Thursday, Sept. 2, 6:45 p.m. on 89.1 WEMU). EMU will wrap up its Fall camp with an extended scrimmage Wednesday afternoon. Genyk said the team will drop into its standard "game week" preparation on Friday.
Click the audio icon above for Brian's interview with EMU head coach Jeff Genyk
News and Notes Expect at least two true freshmen to contribute on the EMU defensive line. Tackles Joe Charles, Belleville's Greg Egbuogu, DeMarko Hughes and Chris Larkins have each seen significant action during camp. Genyk says one or two of the players will likely redshirt.