SJU football Thursday update

The Johnnies were outdoors today, practicing at Clemens Stadium in preparation for the final home game of the season Saturday against Gustavus.

Gustavus happens to be the school both of Johnnies freshman wide receiver Josh Bungum’s parents graduated from. And it’s a school the Paynesville graduate – who leads St. John’s in receiving with 30 catches for 424 yards and three touchdowns this season – looked seriously at attending.

“Growing up, I went to a few Gustavus games,” Bungum said. “My parents were alums and that was the MIAC team I followed the most. So it will be fun to play against them.”

Bungum’s parents will be at the game Saturday – rooting against their alma matter.

“They’re definitely Johnnies fans now,” Bungum said with a smile.

Some other notes:

* Junior quarterback Connor Bruns was able to practice again Thursday. Bruns, who returned to practice Monday for the first time since separating his right throwing shoulder in a loss at Concordia on Sept. 22, sat out again Tuesday and Wednesday because of soreness. He would be available if needed Saturday, but freshman Nick Martin will again get the start.

* Junior running back Nick Schneider, who has not practiced since suffering a groin injury in a 51-14 victory over Carleton on Oct. 13, did not practice again Thursday and is expected to miss Saturday’s game. Junior Colin Moynihan will get the start in his place, though junior Jake Essler will also see time.

* Junior Dylan Graves, who sat out the Carleton game after suffering a concussion the week before, will be back this week. He will start at free safety with Alex Powell rotating in. Darryl Williams will again start at strong safety.


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