Hendrix will use a new plug and hopes to get the same ignition Saturday as it returns to Southern Athletic Association play against Berry College.
Starting quarterback Seth Peters of Greenbrier is likely out of the game with a knee injury sustained in last week’s 45-41 loss to Washington University.
Tanner Frye, another freshman who has played mostly at wide receiver, will take over the controls.
“The good thing is we don’t have to change the offense; we can do the same exact things, run the gamut of our offense,” said Hendrix coach Buck Buchanan. “There’s not a whole lot of dropoff. We’re fortunate to have two quarterbacks who can do the same things.
“Tanner may even have a better grasp of the whole offense from playing receiver. He’s a good athlete and we’ll continue to do what we do.”
Peters, who led Greenbrier to an undefeated regular season last year, is day to day.
“We’re being over cautious with him,” Buchanan said. “We’re not going to risk sacrificing his career for short-term gains.”
Washington University clinched the victory last week when Hendrix receiver Spencer Smith was stopped a foot short of the end zone after hauling in a Hail Mary pass.
“Our guys played as har as they could have played; I couldn’t have asked anything more from them,” Buchanan said. “They (the Panthers) were fighting for a playoff spot; we’re trying to win a football game.
“The good thing is it hurt our players to lose that game. It mattered to them.
“The focus was on that last play but everybody began thinking of one little thing they could have done to help us get one more foot.
“... And at the end of the day, we faced probably the best defense we have played and got 41 points on them.”
Berry, another first-year program, is winless.
“They have some really good players, but they have lacked consistency, which all first-year programs go through,” Buchanan said. “I’m sure they’re coming in here with expectations that they have a chance to win against another first-year program in which they match up physically. They’re 0-5, but they seem to have the right attitude. I know some of their coaching staff and they are not going to panic. They are in it for the long haul just as we are.”