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Newspaper Story Features Junior QB Michael Engle

October 4, 2009

Engle_Michael_2008fb.jpgOctober 4, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — "We knew going into the 2009 season that we had a capable backup quarterback," Robby Long, interim head football coach Robby Long tells the Terre Haute Tribune-Star of junior Michael Engle. "As we moved through fall camp we learned that we had a great backup."

A feature in today's newspaper begins, "There are a lot of benefits to being the backup for the best quarterback in school history. First-hand observation at how the position should be played, the opportunity to glean valuable tips and pointers and advice on how to handle certain situations are all things that many backups have to get elsewhere. There are also drawbacks. Mainly, it’s pretty hard to get out on74_DSC9839RF_NFc.JPG the field during the games. Terre Haute South grad Michael Engle could write a book about this particular situation, as the DePauw junior has waited patiently while senior Spud Dick has compiled the best numbers in Tiger history."

The story by Joey Bennett notes that Engle replaced Dick two weeks ago after the starting quarterback was injured and nearly led the Tigers to a come-from-behind win over Centre College. Engle quarterbacked the entire game last week when DePauw overcame a rain-soaked field to defeat Sewanee (University of the South), 3-0.

"Michael is the son of a great football coach and it shows," says Long, noting that the junior's father is Jay Engle, former coach at Terre Haute South. "He practices, studies the game and plays like the son of a coach."

Michael Engle tells the newspaper, "I use each practice to work on improving my skills as a quarterback and a leader. Playing72_DSC9815RF_NFc2.jpg behind Spud has actually presented a great opportunity because I have been able to learn from such a great player on a daily basis."

Bennett's story notes, "Engle has been on DePauw’s dean’s list the past two semesters, and was on the Academic All-SCAC team last year. He majors in political science with a minor in economics, and plans to attend law school after graduation and pursue a career as a lawyer. Until that time, he wants to continue to improve his game and remain ready whenever called upon."

You'll find the complete article at the Tribune-Star's Web site.

Comprehensive information on the DePauw football team -- which is 3-1 after defeating Millsaps yesterday, a win which was featured on WXIN-TV -- can be found at the official online home of the Tigers.

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