Thursday, 11 October 2018 16:33

Maine football holds its final practice before matchup against Rhode Island

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ORONO - A cold and wet Thursday morning set the precedent for what the Black Bears should expect this weekend in Rhode Island.

"Last time we played Rhode Island it was a mudstorm..we won that game so we need to come out with the same mentality," said linebacker Sterling Sheffield.

 

Maine is looking for their 12th straight win against the Rams, who are undefeated at home and in conference play this season.

 

"They know this Rhode Island team is talented..we've always had battles with them..I don't think they're gonna catch us off guard we just have to play a great game.it's their homecoming..we're on the road again..so we just have to get it done," said head coach Joe Harasymiak.

 

No official word on a starting quarterback has come down yet, but Chris Ferguson returned to full practice this week from his separated shoulder injury.

 

Ferguson said he "did a lot of work on it the past couple of weeks..it's feeling good, it's getting there..they'll make a decision later this week for Saturday.."

 

"Chris looks really good..We'll get him in the training room after this and see how it went..The fatigue and soreness are gonna be the issue but it's looking good for saturday..," said coach Harasymiak.

 

On the other side of the ball Maine will need another dominant performance from its defense, a defense led by Sheffield. 

 

He leads the CAA in sacks and tackles for loss.

 

Sheffield says he's not worried about the records: "If a sack or something happens thats fine..We just want to win as a team.."

 

With a win Saturday they'll have the most wins against ranked opponents since 2013, but winning in the rain at Rhode Island is never easy.

John Wagoner

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