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October 30, 2012

CCU hopeful senior QB Hillary can play Saturday vs. Gardner-Webb

Senior quarterback Aramis Hillary was a spectator at Coastal Carolina's football practice again Tuesday, still wearing a neck brace after injuring himself Saturday against Liberty. 

But the plan is to have him return to practice Wednesday with an eye toward getting him ready for the Chanticleers' game Saturday at Gardner-Webb.

"He should be ready to go," CCU offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude said. "He'll be out here tomorrow (Wednesday), and we'll kind of see. He's still a little sore and stuff like that, but we'll get him out here tomorrow and we'll proceed along with that. We're going to prepare Alex [Ross] to play and bring Aramis along and see how he is towards the end of the week." 

Ross, a redshirt-freshman with limited game experience, finished out the fourth quarter for Coastal last weekend and threw a 3-yard touchdown pass on his only attempt. Patenaude reiterated, though, that the hope is Hillary will be ready to return to the field.

"They said he should be cleared to play, so that's our expectation is that he is going to play. But if he's a little sore, then we'll have Alex ready to go," he said.

Patenaude said there are no more medical tests Hillary needs to pass in order to be cleared to play.

"They said as long as he could get range of motion back to where we're comfortable with putting him out there, then he should be good to go," he said.

| Ryan Young, ryoung@thesunnews.com



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