It's looking more and more likely that UMaine football will get its starting quarterback back for the Saturday game vs Rhode Island.

Sophomore Chris Ferguson was again taking snaps at practice today as the Black Bears practiced in the rain and on grass. That mimics what game day could be like in Kingston, Rhode Island Saturday afternoon.

Ferguson injured his throwing shoulder in the game at Central Michigan on September 22nd. He did not play in the loss to Yale nor the win last Saturday over Villanova.

After practice, Ferguson said he feels like he's close to being ready.

"Little by little, I'm taking more and more reps. Tomorrow or Saturday, the coaches and trainers will make the decision that is best for me and the team. I'm just happy to be out there practicing."

Ferguson admitted it's the first football injury he's ever had in his high school and college career. He had never missed a game because of injury.

Coach Joe Harasymiak is encouraged by Ferguson's progress but won't commit just yet.

"Chris looks really good. We'll get in the training room and see about fatigue and soreness. It's looking pretty good but we'll see after walk-through tomorrow."

If Ferguson can't go, redshirt freshman Isaiah Robinson would get the call again.

Saturday's matchup with Rhody is a big one. Both teams are 2-0 in the CAA. Maine is 3-2 overall, URI is 4-1.

NOTE: Rhode Island starting QB JaJaun Lawson is also uncertain for the Saturday game. He injured his knee vs Brown University last week...Hear more from Chris Ferguson and Joe Harasymiak on Friday during the ' Morning Pitch Show' at 6am on Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket.

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