June 9, 2005
Albany-- At the rate he's losing players to injuries this season South Georgia Wildcats coach Chris Siegfried may have to suit up himself. The Wildcats literally limping into Saturday's home game with the Florida Firecats with several players either on injured reserve or close to it.
Perhaps the most noticeable player that will be on the sidelines this weekend is quarterback Bobby Pesavento. Pesavento injured his knee in last week's loss to Amarillo, paving the way for backup Brian Zbydniewski to make his first professional start this weekend.
After coming off the bench to throw four touchdowns when Pesavento went out last Saturday, Zbydniewski has taken all the snaps in practice this week. Coach Siegfried says Zbydniewski gives the Wildcats a totally different look on the offensive side of the ball.
"He's got the green light to make plays. I'm not going to try to restrict him, try to keep him in the pocket. I told him, 'Hey you know what the play is, buy yourself time and make the play. If it's there throw it, if not make the play,'" Siegfried said. "It's been great. Everyone's practicing good, everyone's excited and trying to get a 'W', Zbydniewski said.
Siegfried is not holding out much hope for the services of offensive specialist Matt Burstein Saturday. Burstein is nursing a right knee injury. Kickoff for Saturday night's game against the Florida Firecats is set for 7:30 at the Albany Civic Center.