Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Northeastern State at Washburn

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Northeastern State at Washburn

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With no major injuries and no need to slow down any implementation of plays, Washburn coach Craig Schurig said fall practice has gone about as smoothly as he could have hoped.

Now Schurig is hoping to see the consistency in practice translate over to WU's season opener against Northeastern State at 6 p.m. Thursday at Yager Stadium.

"This group seems to be pretty mature so it felt like we were ready to play a few days ago or a week ago," said Schurig, who enters his 15th season at WU with a record of 96-64. "You feel pretty good as a coach because things have run smoothly. Obviously with first games you're going to have some mistakes and some different things happen, but it seems like this group is anxious, but pretty mature and ready to play."

WU senior left tackle Michael Miller said the Ichabods' experience -- seven returning starters on both offense and defense - - has shown through in practice.

"This was probably the first fall camp where we put in all the plays the first three of four days," Miller said. "Normally, we just start off putting in two or three plays. Offensively, we had a lot of veterans so we were able to put in all the offense a lot quicker."

Northeastern State, in its third year under former WU offensive coordinator Rob Robinson, went 3-8 last season, a three-win improvement over a winless 2014 campaign.

"They're definitely going to be a much-improved team from last year," WU senior linebacker Cody Heiman said. "They got a transfer in at quarterback who we think is going to be pretty good. I think they're going to use the zone read a little bit more than they have in the past.

"The good thing is they run what our offense runs. We've gotten a good look at some of the stuff they've run through camp already."

Schurig expects the RiverHawks to make big strides in their third year under Robinson. …

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