The ACL also played a big role for Brett Bowles, but his was a happier story. Bowles returned to the field for the first time since tearing his ACL last year. Breeze said Bowles looked sharp in the team's 133-play scrimmage this weekend.
Breeze said a big thing has been the depth of the team. He said about 90 players have been participating.
"That's going to allow us do more things than what we've been able to do in the past," Breeze said.
Prague preparing without QB Simek
Prague coach Charles Atchison saw great promise in his backfield, with two talented running backs and a returning quarterback in junior Clint Simek.
That is, until Simek tore his ACL at team camp in June.
Last season, it was Simek's older brother, Denton, who suffered a torn ACL and was sidelined for much of the season. Denton Simek is now a freshman offensive lineman at Arkansas.
"It was a non-contact injury, just a freak deal," Atchison said of Clint Simek's injury. "He's two months out from surgery and he might even be able to come back for the last part of the season, Week 9 or 10, but we'll have to see. I think he can have an incredible senior year."
Even without his quarterback, Atchison is still pleased with his run game, led by backs Dalean McClendon and Tyler Duncan.
"I think we'll be able to run the football," Atchison said. "We're bigger up front than we've been. The kids are responding good — there have been a couple other kids step up. We're real young, but we've still got a chance to win some ballgames."
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