The problem for Indiana State going into last weekend’s game was it had no videotape on Bison quarterback Easton Stick, who was in his first start. The Sycamores could only guess that Stick was going to bring a multiple-look package to the position. So Stick runs for 124 yards and two touchdowns, and throws for another off a scrambling-type play and the Bison won 28-14.
Now comes Southern Illinois, which has the advantage of studying the freshman quarterback on tape for four quarters. Football is like a chess game behind the scenes and you have to probably figure the Salukis will do something different than ISU did. And Stick knows it.
“Yeah, I would assume they’re going to try and do something,” he said. “Anytime you game plan for somebody you try to take away their strengths and work toward what you do best as a defense. They’re going to give us different looks and they’re an aggressive defense, they’re going to try and get after us.”
I would assume SIU will move a safety more toward the box and focus on the run more, after Stick went 9 of 20 passing. And Stick knows it, that when it comes to the passing game, it must improve.
“The biggest thing I saw is I have to be more efficient,” he said of his throws. “We left some yards out there. It’s something each week I have to get better at to give our team a chance.”