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Gazette: Ihne To Miss Saturday's Game

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette has an update on the injury status of center John Ihne.

The shoulder injury that Ihne suffered in the second half of Saturday's 42-37 loss to Michigan will keep the senior out of Saturday's 6 p.m. game at Stony Brook. Ihne, a Wayne, N.J. native, has started all three games this season and has 12 career starts. He was replaced by sophomore Quinton Sales on Saturday.

"Quinton stepped in against Michigan. That's a tough place to start with all of that crowd noise. It wasn't like fourth-quarter mop-up. Those were real snaps," UMass coach Kevin Morris said. "Now he's gotten his feet wet. He's got to prove he can do it on a daily basis on the top of the CAA."

UMass center to miss Saturday's game

AMHERST - The shoulder injury that University of Massachusetts center John Ihne suffered in the second half of Saturday's 42-37 loss to Michigan will keep the senior out of Saturday's 6 p.m. game at Stony Brook.

Ihne, a Wayne, N.J. native, has started all three games this season and has 12 career starts. He was replaced by sophomore Quinton Sales on Saturday.

"Quinton stepped in against Michigan. That's a tough place to start with all of that crowd noise. It wasn't like fourth-quarter mop-up. Those were real snaps," UMass coach Kevin Morris said. "Now he's gotten his feet wet. He's got to prove he can do it on a daily basis on the top of the CAA."

Morris wouldn't commit to starting Sales Saturday. Since preseason he's been emphasizing his desire to have all of his offensive linemen capable of playing all five spots. He said any of the team's offensive line regulars are possibilities to snap against the Seawolves.

"John will be out this week and I don't know how much beyond that. We've got guys competing," Morris said. "You name them, they're in the mix. We want to get the best five guys out there."

If it's not Sales, who was listed second on the team's depth chart at center, senior Greg Niland, a transfer from Northeastern, would be a decent possibility. He played some center during training camp.

The news on the defensive side of the ball was better. Morris said redshirt freshman defensive end Brandon Potvin, who suffered a leg injury during the first half against Michigan, will be back in action against Stony Brook.


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