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MMU deals with changes to new season

The first week of 7-v-7 football practice was a challenge, especially for those adjusting to a new position.

“It’s definitely been messy,” MMU senior lineman-turned-wide receiver Miles Heskett said. “We’ve got to learn our routes and learn how to play a completely different position, so it’s sort of like learning a new game.”

While it may be a learning process, players making the switch are already impressing those who have already been playing skill positions.

“They’re a lot faster than I thought,” MMU junior running back Riley Piper said. “All in all, they’re looking pretty good.”

The position change is a challenge in its own right, but linemen also have to adjust to dialing back the physicality they’ve been used to throughout their playing careers.

“When they catch it, they turn upfield and they run, and some of them are putting their shoulder down, which is to be expected with the big bodies,” MMU head coach Nick Michaud said with a laugh.

Michaud added that the skill position players have been next to the linemen every step of the way n assisting their transition. The Cougars open the 7-v-7 season on the road at B.F.A – St. Albans. That game is set for Friday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.

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