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As Snow's season winds down players gear up for D-I opportunities

As Snow's season winds down players gear up for D-I opportunities

By Skyler Hardman, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Nov. 12, 2010 at 9:16 p.m.



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EPHRAIM -- Snow College sophomores have two more chances to prove why they deserve a shot at the Division-I level; one of those is this Saturday against Green River Community College.

Snow has locked up at least a share of the conference crown for the fifth straight season and Snow's continued dominance gives the players a lot of attention from D-I schools.

"We've got a lot of phone calls on everybody," said Snow Head Coach Steve Coburn. "I mean all of our sophomores have had phone calls (from other schools) about them. It's going to be a highly recruited class out of here."

According to Coburn a few of the guys on the team have already committed to four-year schools and others are getting close. A rundown on just some of Snow's players and their offers are as follows:

  • Preston Hadley (DB) - Committed to Brigham Young University
  • Al Lapuaho (DL) - Committed to Utah State University
  • Drew Robinson (TE) - Committed to University of Arizona
  • Jordan Devey (OL) - Trips scheduled to University of Memphis and Youngstown State University (Ohio) and received an offer from Utah State
  • Mark Pratt (OL) - Trips scheduled to Missouri State and Youngstown State
  • Mckay Frandsen (DL) - Trip scheduled to North Carolina State, if offered Frandsen will commit
  • Ryan Comer (DB) - Colorado State is flying out to meet with Comer the week of the bowl game
  • David Tuitupou (DL) - Offer from Western Carolina

All of Snow's sophomores will have a chance to show their stuff in the last game of the regular season, in what has become the unofficial "sophomore game," against Green River. The schedule says Snow is facing the champions of the Northwest Community College Football League, but that's not Green River, which won the league last year. The 2010 champions, Columbia Basin, who Snow destroyed in the first game of the season 80-6, won the conference but chose not to play Snow again.

That means Green River, who lost in the NWCCFL championship game to Columbia Basin, will represent its league against Snow.

"We've got three games of film on them" said Coburn. "Offensively they're a multiple formation team, usually one back. They're usually a 3-5 defense and they bring a lot of pressure."

Coburn said that pass protection would be up to all eleven guys on the field for Snow. The running backs need to pick up the blitz and the receivers need to get open.

Snow started the season with Colter Smith under center but after an injury he lost his starting spot to Adam Eastman. Smith has filled the position the last couple games due to an injury to Eastman's throwing hand and is planning to start this weekend.

"Eastman hurt his hand in the Pima game, so he's not 100% healthy," said Coburn. "Colter is doing a good job and leading the team. After his performance last week Colter has earned the starting spot back. It's not just because Adam got hurt it's because Colter is playing well."

The Green River game is scheduled to kick off at noon in Ephraim.

Skyler Hardman

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