SJU football Thursday update

The Johnnies were back in practice Thursday afternoon at Clemens Stadium preparing for their Homecoming game against St. Olaf Saturday in Collegeville.

St. John’s is hoping to snap a two-game losing streak against the Oles – and a two-season losing streak on Homecoming. The team last won its Homecoming game in 2009. It’s the first two-year Homecoming losing streak at the school since a four-year Homecoming losing streak from 1953-56 (John Gagliardi’s first four seasons at the school).

The latest on the quarterback situation: Offensive coordinator Jim Gagliardi said Thursday that freshman Nick Martin is likely to get the start in place of the injured Connor Bruns on Saturday, though freshman Mitch Hendricks, and possibly senior John Ries, will likely see time depending on the situation.

Elsewhere on the injury front, cornerback/wide receiver Max Forster and safety Dylan Graves – both of whom sprained ankles in last Saturday’s loss at Concordia and missed practice time earlier this week – were each back in practice Thursday. Both are expected to play Saturday.

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