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#8 Mavericks Await #20 Bulldogs on 'Military Appreciation Night'

Eyewitness Sports
September 12, 2017 11:33 PM

Duluth, Minn. - After a road win at Upper Iowa, the 20th ranked UMD Bulldogs are 1-1 and next up is a home battle with the 8th ranked Mavericks from rival MSU-Mankato.

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Both starting quarterback Mike Rybarczyk and back-up John Larson left Saturday's game with injuries. Head Coach Curt Wiese says their status is unknown. Sophomore Ben Everhart played well in relief and even rushed for a touchdown.

"We coach every one of our guys that their opportunity could be right around the corner regardless of where you are at on the depth chart and Ben Everhart took that to heart and did a great job for us against Upper Iowa and was a calm and cool and collective quarterback in the huddle and made a lot of plays for us down the stretch.

This Saturday's game is 'Military Appreciation Night' and the Bulldogs are wearing special decals. Senior Defensive Back Tyler Morris will serve as an honorary captain. Also known as T-Mo, he's in the Air Force ROTC and will commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force in May.

"Being able to split time - both on the field and with commitments to the military with boot camp and everything else during summer workouts - it is a huge part of my life, both aspects and I'm appreciative of all the opportunities I've been given, " says Morris, a native of Pasco, Washington.

Morris also said that he also has a combat systems officer spot up graduation and will head to Pensacola, Florida to train to be a backseatter/navigator in the Air Force.

To see UMD's schedule, click here.


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