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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • UMC Football holds spring game Friday, Barge moving to receiver

  • Jordan Manahan, a junior quarterback transfer from Vermillion Community College, took all the snaps during the spring practice.
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  • The Minnesota Crookston football team held its spring game last Friday with one quarterback on the field.
    A.J. Barge, who will be a junior next season, has started all 22 games in the last two seasons and will move to more of a receiver role. Jordan Manahan, a junior quarterback transfer from Vermillion Community College, took all the snaps during the spring practice.
    The Golden Eagles also signed two quarterbacks, who will join the program next fall.
    "We have two kids coming in we recruited hard," head coach Paul Miller.
    Coach Miller noted that it was Barge's idea to make the move away from the quarterback position.
    "He will still be a quarterback in certain scenarios," Miller said. "We want to utilize him in other capacities."
    As it has for all the spring teams, finding a place to practice has been a challenge.
    "We had some weather issues at times that were challenging," said Miller. "We made some progress in areas we wanted to make progress in, defensively and special teams wise. The weather has been a lot more limiting, practicing indoors.
    Miller explained that usually half the team would practice in Lysaker Gymnasium and the other half at Crookston Sports Center. But Miller noted that practicing with the dasher boards at CSC is a safety concern.
    "We made the most of our situation and that's all you can do," he said.
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