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Eric Peterson, Published September 11 2012

Cobbers QB Neal listed as day-to-day for MIAC opener

MOORHEAD – Cobbers quarterback Griffin Neal’s status is day-to-day after the sophomore starter had to leave the game over the weekend.

Neal took a hard hit to his upper body early in the second half of Concordia’s 38-14 home victory against Buena Vista on Saturday.

Neal didn’t return to the game.

“He took a shot, and for safety precautions, we went with our backup,” said Cobbers head football coach Terry Horan. “And things were rolling so we really didn’t need to go back to (Neal).”

Sophomore Mitch Tauer replaced Neal. Neal had rushed for 93 yards and threw for another 79 before he left the game.

Concordia (2-0) didn’t practice Monday. Horan said the team will know about Neal’s availability as the week progresses.

“We’ll just see how things go from here,” Horan said.

The Cobbers play their Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener at St. Olaf on Saturday.

Neal performed well in his first two collegiate starts. The former Fargo South star completed 19 of 28 passes for 223 yards and four TDs, helping the Cobbers to two wins that included a 42-26 victory at Jamestown College to open the season.

If Neal can’t play at St. Olaf, Horan liked what he saw from Tauer against Buena Vista. Tauer rushed for 79 yards and a TD on seven attempts. He also completed 1 of 3 passes for eight yards.

“The quarterback, whoever it is, he’s got a lot of parts around him,” Horan said. “We didn’t miss a beat when Tauer came in. He got a lot of good quality reps.”

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