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[OCT. 26, 2004]  NORMAL -- Freshman Khalif Ford will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his right tibia, forcing head coach Porter Moser to change the format of Thursday night's annual Red-White Scrimmage.

"Obviously this is disappointing," Moser said. "Khalif was here all summer, worked extremely hard all preseason and a great first week of practice, and he was giving us some things at the point defensively and tempowise. It's a setback, but it's not going to be devastating because we're going to find a way.

"Neil Plank is going to have to step up and play someone for us, which means he's going to have to play one through four. That's what's going to have to happen."

As scheduled, the Redbirds will play an actual gamelike first half, but the format of the second half will be at Moser's discretion.

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"We'll have to tweak the format with the injury to Khalif," Moser said. "We'll go one 20-minute half and the second is going to be determined. The area of the scrimmage that I'm going to be focusing on the most is our team defense. I really want to see improvement in that area."

The intrasquad scrimmage will tip off at 7:05 in Redbird Arena on Thursday night.

[Todd Kober, assistant athletics director, media relations,
Illinois State University]

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