The St. John’s football team returned to the practice field for the first time since Saturday’s 20-18 upset over St. Thomas and head coach Gary Fasching said – as thrilling as that win is – the focus now is on Concordia, the team the Johnnies host for Homecoming at 1 p.m. this Saturday at Clemens Stadium.
Both the Johnnies and Cobbers enter that game 3-0.
“We addressed it right away at film on Monday,” Fasching said. “That was a great win Saturday but it’s over and done with now. And it won’t mean anything if we don’t win this Saturday. I think our players understand that. They were very focused today. We had a very good, smooth practice for a Tuesday.”
Sophomore quarterback Nick Martin was not practicing Tuesday. He continues to sit out with a bruised right labrum that has kept him out of the past two games. He said Tuesday he’s still uncertain if he will be able to return to the practice field this week.
“It’s still not feeling the best,” Martin said. “I wish I could say for sure. But I just don’t know.”
Fasching said in his live chat at sctimes.com Tuesday morning that senior Connor Bruns, who has started the past two games, remains the starter going into this week.
You can read the transcript of that live chat, in which Fasching addressed not just the win over St. Thomas, but Sunday afternoon’s second Red and White scout game, here:
Elsewhere on the injury front, both defensive lineman Sean Tillman (high ankle sprain) and running back Peter Vakulskus (knee) were on the field in helmets Tuesday working with the team’s training staff. Both players have said they hope to try practicing this week. Both have missed the team’s first three games.
And that’s a wrap for tonight.