Injuries have taken their toll at Santa Rosa, with quarterback Kellen Alexander expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and running back Darryl Thomas, filling in at QB during practice, suffered a leg injury and will try and play defense only tonight at Maria Carrillo.
Santa Rosa head coach Russell Ponce calmly said his right tackle, 6-foot-1, 290 pound Chris Smith, was next in line to play QB. Asked if Santa Rosa would try and run the ball with Smith, Ponce said that is the plan.
Smith may be the biggest NBL QB in sometime. Smith is no slug. He played rugby and starred for the combined Newman/Santa Rosa club team. He is also Santa Rosa’s best lineman and opened most of the holes for Therman McGowan last season. McGowan is serving an academic suspension and is not playing.