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Zips football: Line shuffle may begin

By George Thomas Published: September 4, 2012

 Coach Terry Bowden said in his weekly press conference that he may have to shuffle the offensive line because of an injury to left tackle Jarrod Pughsley.

Pughsley, who injured his ankle in practice prior to the start of the season, played in Thursday’s season opening loss to the Central Florida Knights, had a noticeable limp even prior to the game’s start.

“He was limping throughout.   He’s getting treatment everyday and doing what he can.  That’s a game time decision,”  coach Bowden said.

Pughsley could be seen riding the exercise bike at Tuesday’s practice and he also observed drills to pick up blocking assignments, Bowden said.

If Pughsley is unable to go, Bowden said that in order to get the best five guys on the field left guard Dylan Brumbaugh would move outside, center Travis Switzer would move to guard and Vinnie Rizzo would start at center.

“I’d rather he get well and play at full strength than play at half for six weeks.  I don’t want him out there getting in work and having six weeks of a soft sprained ankle,” he said. “ We’re just going to have to suck up and bear the bullet and move the offensive line around…You can always say it’s still pretty good, but it’s not your front five.  It does weaken us up in other places to do that.”

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