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Transfer QB Nicholas shines in Faulkner's first scrimmage

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Just two weeks away from its season opener, the Faulkner football team showed improvement in its first scrimmage of the fall here Saturday morning at Billy D. Hilyer Stadium, according to Eagles head coach Charlie Boren.

Boren and his staff continue to work on fine-tuning both sides of the ball as Faulkner readies itself for another run at a Mid-South Conference West Division title.

"I was pleased with how things went today," said Boren, whose Eagles have won back-to-back division championships and have earned a berth in the past two 16-team NAIA Football Championship Series. "It gave us a good opportunity to do a double check on some things, and I like where we are right now."

One player that stood out to Boren in Saturday's scrimmage was freshman transfer quarterback Clayton Nicholas, who came to Faulkner from Bowling Green. The 6-3, 220-pounder from Abilene, Texas, was 12-of-17 on the day with two touchdown passes. Also battling for the job is Lane Moss, a 6-4, 220-pound sophomore from Gordo. He was 7 for 11 passing with no touchdowns Saturday.

"I thought both quarterbacks threw it well, but Clayton threw it extremely well," Boren said. "I think both guys have the ability to succeed and give us a chance to win a lot of games."

Nicholas says he has been adjusting well to the new system.

"I've got great coaches behind me helping me get into the offense in a short period of time," he sad. "Coming from this style of offense in high school and in college has allowed me to make a good transition."

Nicholas arrived on campus Aug. 1, and he and Moss have been putting in extra time to get ready.

 "We stay after practice sometimes and throw extra routes," he said. "We've got a lot of guys that give 100 percent effort every play so we can get our timing down during practice."

The chemistry the offense has built was evident in the scrimmage. In addition to the quarterbacks, running back Joe Jones had six carries for 75 yards, while wideouts Rob Lockhart and A.J. Stevenson each had touchdown catches.

"For the most part, we had a patchwork offensive line today, and I thought they did a pretty good job up front," Boren said. "Joe ran it well, and Trent Miles did as well."

The explosive offense coupled with what could potentially be one of the best defenses ever at Faulkner has expectations high

"Everyone's goal as a team is to get to the national championship, but we have to play it game-by-game and week-by-week," Nicholas said. "And when our first game finally gets here we'll all be amped up for it and ready to go."

Faulkner opens its season in Lakeland, Fla., on Sept. 5 against Southeastern University. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 6 p.m. central time.