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Fever Travel To Texas to take on the Drillers

June 7, 2006 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Tri-Cities Fever News Release

Kennewick, WA - 06/07/06. The Tri-Cities Fever are looking for some spark in their offense to help match the level their defense is playing at right now. They have an opportunity to see if a change at quarterback will make a difference, although not exactly by choice. Joe Wiser will be limited to a back-up role this week due to a knee injury which means rookie James McNear will get his first career start.

McNear, who just graduated from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota last month, saw his only action against the St. Joseph Cyclones. He completed both passes he threw, one for a touchdown, and also ran for another score.

The young quarterback enjoyed a tremendous collegiate career. In four years as a starter he threw for 9,420 yards and ran for 3,027 yards. He passed for 68 touchdowns, and ran for another 37. He fell just 44 yards shy of the NCAA D-II career record for total offense. He finished with 12,447 yards. He holds 10 Concordia career and single season records.

Head Coach Dan Whitsett said he has confidence that McNear, even with his lack of experience in the NIFL, will do just fine. "James is a very athletic quarterback and throws a good ball. He didn't have all that success in college for no reason. The kid is a football player."

Players that will be out of action this week for the Fever include Jarvis Dunn, Quincy Jackson, and Brandon Hazenberg. Dunn aggravated his old ankle injury, while Jackson has a strained Achilles. Hazenberg is resting a shoulder problem. All three players expect to return for the Billings game. Stepping in for them this week for them will be Kevin Heard, C.J. Cheatwood, and Emery Beckles.

The Fever leave for Beaumont, Texas Friday morning from the Spokane Airport for the Saturday evening game at 7:00 p.m. CST. Tune into KONA 610AM at 4:00 p.m. (PST) for the pre game and 5:00 p.m. (PST) for game time.

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