Knox hoping to build on newfound offense

From The Register Mail:
After scoring a combined 36 points in their first five games, it’s obvious something has happened to the Knox College offense in the past two weeks.

The Prairie Fire have scored 54 points in that span, producing their first victory and a near-miss at Illinois College last week that generated 513 yards in offense and earned receiver Clarke Cuthbert some national recognition.

His team still looking for a win and showing little offensive punch, Knox coach Chad Eisele confessed he and his staff did a little soul-searching three weeks ago.

“We put Drew (Diaz) and quarterback and put Bill (Meyer) at receiver,” said Eisele of a move that relocated his senior quarterback and saw him catch seven passes last week. “We weren’t moving the ball offensively and we had some injuries.
“Being a spread team is what we want to do and Drew gives us the best opportunity to do that.”

Diaz, a freshman from Niles Notre Dame led Knox past Grinnell 31-21, throwing for 208 yards and two touchdowns, then led a near-upset at Illinois College last week (a 31-23 loss) by going 17-for-33 for 316 yards, throwing for one TD and rushing for another of 68 yards. Diaz did throw three interceptions, however.

“For the last three weeks we’ve improved every week,” said Eisele. “I know 513 yards is a lot of yards but we had the ball in the red zone four times and only scored 10 points. We’ve got to do a better job once we get down there.”