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Eagles Showing Intensity And Determination On Both Sides Of Ball

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MOREHEAD, Ky. - With the conclusion of spring practices coming this week, the Morehead State football team has continued to make solid progress, according to head coach Rob Tenyer.

The Eagles have three sessions remaining before the Spring Game, presented by Aramark, takes place on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.

"We have developed and grown on both sides of the football, and we are playing a lot of guys and getting a lot of reps," Tenyer said. "We have a lot of new schemes and things we've looked at and evaluated this spring bases on our personnel, and I think a majority of it has worked out really well."

Tenyer added that there weren't wholesale changes, but just enough to give his staff ample room to evaluate itself heading into the summer.

"Nothing too drastic," he added. "But the versatility of our players really helped us add a few ideas to what we already do.

"Our guys are playing much looser and much faster on both sides of the ball, and they are playing more instinctive. They are playing with urgency too because right now, even in practice, we are playing at competition level, and I think that is really important."

The question on many folks' minds probably has been who will be the Eagles' next quarterback? Rising redshirt senior Jack Sherry, rising redshirt junior Lawson Page and rising redshirt sophomore Ethan Jeffers are vying to come out of spring ball locked in as the top signal-caller.

"I believe all three of those guys fit what we do, they understand we like to throw the football and throw it to set up the run," Tenyer said. "They key will be to find the right guy who is going to be productive at that spot, leading the offense and taking control. I am happy with our progress, but there is no question we will still need preseason fall camp to get more prepared at the QB spot. Hopefully by the end of this week we can pinpoint a one, two and three going into the summer."

Sherry and Page both have ample game experience, with Page serving as the "wildcat" or "jumbo" formation quarterback in 2016. Sherry had a 250-yard passing game in the 2014 season.

On the defensive side of the ball, Tenyer has been thrilled that the players' motors don't seem to stop.

"I have been pleased with the intensity and the effort we are playing with on defense. We aren't concerned with making mistakes right now, and we are playing harder and faster. We are trying to simplify things on the coaching side and let our guys just go out and play fast and make plays."

The defense features several upperclassmen, including rising redshirt senior Colt Briggs on the line. In the secondary, Braylyn CookChauncey JohnsBrandyn Duncan and Sayyid Kanu will all be in their fourth years with the program this coming season.

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