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Adam Cushing introduction

New Eastern Illinois University football head coach Adam Cushing speaks at press conference Dec. 10. Cushing is the 25th head football coach and sixth in the NCAA Division I history of the program at Eastern Illinois University.

Eastern Illinois’ depth chart for its game against Illinois State game had a notable missing word.

It wasn’t a player’s name or some kind of rivalry fun.

The “or” that was previously sandwiched between quarterbacks Johnathan Brantley and Harry Woodbery is gone.

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It doesn’t mean the end of EIU’s two-quarterback offense, though. Brantley has started EIU’s first two games and played into the fourth quarter in each before Woodbery came in. Panthers head coach Adam Cushing still thinks Woodbery can help EIU win, and he’s part of the game plan again on Saturday. But Cushing is also not trying to hide what has been obvious so far: Brantley gets the first snaps.

“He’s gone out there first twice, and quite frankly, is probably going to go out there first again this week,” Cushing said.

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Injury updates: Linebacker Iziah Gulley was carted off the field in the first half of EIU’s loss to Indiana last weekend. Cushing said after the game that he thinks Gulley has a good chance of returning this season, but it won’t be particularly soon. He is out for Saturday.

Two freshmen will replace Gulley: Anthony Shockey is listed as the starter in his place with Grant Edwards as the backup.

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Safety Marcus Bornslater missed the Indiana game, but Cushing said he is expected to return Saturday. Edwyn Brown was also held out after sustaining an injury against Chattanooga in the season opener. His injury is likely to keep him out Saturday and potentially beyond.

Marcus Ray is slated to draw his third start at slot receiver in place of Matt Reyna, who remains without a firm timetable for return.

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