Shields Back In Action

Sophomore wide receiver Sam Shields was suspended for last week's season opener against Marshall. Now he's ready to come in and make a big impact this Saturday. Read on to see what Shields is talking about just a couple days before the big game...

Sam Shields knows Saturday's game is big but he also understands his simple assignment.

"I just gotta play hard, do my assignments, and play as a team," Shields said. "I just gotta go out and make some plays and help the offense make plays."

Shields spent last Saturday's game watching from the sidelines. He watched the Hurricanes throw for just 87 yards and have some drops from some of the wideouts.

"It hurt me but it didn't," he said of watching from the sidelines. "I just had to be cheering on the team and come back this weekend and do my job. We're gonna be alright. We gotta get past (the drops) and get to the next play."

Before serving a one-game suspension, Shields was widely considered a favorite to win one of the starting spots. Instead, Khalil Jones got the starting nod last week. Shields will start at the bottom of the depth chart this week.

"That's what (Randy Shannon) made up so I gotta deal with it," he said. "I gotta come to practice and work hard and get back to the top."

Shields was asked about the performance of quarterback Kirby Freeman in last week's opener.

"He did his job," he said. "He went out there and made some plays. Some plays he didn't make but he got past that. He came right back and did real well."

Shields and the rest of his teammates will be playing a very good football team on Saturday and will be playing at one of the toughest places to play in all of college football.

"I really don't think about that," he said. "I just take it one game at a time and play hard. I guess none of the receivers think about that. We're just gonna go out there and do our jobs."

Shannon spoke about how involved Shields will likely be in the offense this Saturday.

"Sam Shields will play Saturday," he said. "(His involevement in the offense) depends on what Coach Nix wants to do. Everyone on offense has a package. When his package is called, he'll go on the field and perform."

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