March 29, 2010

Shock Update courtesy of Jim Meehan

Did I mention how awesome the Spokesman's Jim Meehan is? Not only does he cover the Gonzaga Bulldogs but he also follows the Spokane Shock, who are getting ready for their season opener this Friday against Milwaukee. One thing that stands out is who the quarterback is going to be on opening day.

Kyle Rowley, who led Spokane to the ArenaCup title in 2006 and was the arenafootball2 offensive player of the year in 2008 with Arkansas, has been named the starting quarterback. Former Eastern Washington Eagle Erik Meyer is the back-up, but he impressed the coaching staff.

“Erik came in as a quarterback that has never played an arena game and he literally almost matched what Kyle did, and that to me is amazing because you just don’t see that,” offensive coordinator Matt Sauk said. “The biggest factor is Kyle has played for six years and Erik is still a rookie.”

Rowley’s experience will be important Friday because Milwaukee has a strong pass rush, head coach Rob Keefe said. Keefe noted that he won’t use a two-quarterback rotation, nor will he be afraid to make a change if circumstances warrant.

The Shock kick off their game against the Milwaukee Iron at 8 p.m. on April 2.

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