KeiVarae Russell has a new nickname.
Teammates of the Mariner running back, who missed last week’s game against Arlington due to an injury he suffered during a moped accident, have been affectionately calling him “Scooter” all week during practice. It’s all in good fun because Russell … er … Scooter has been cleared to play tonight against Mount Vernon, according to Mariner coach John Ondriezek.
“One day when KeiVarae is playing D-1 and he goes back to return a kick, they’ll call him Scooter and everyone will wonder why,” Ondriezek said Thursday with a laugh. “The kids had a little fun with it.”
Russell practiced this week, but wasn’t a full participant in practice until Thursday.
Ondriezek said that he feels Russell’s return will be a big lift to his squad, which lost 42-12 to Arlington last week.
“KeiVarae’s a leader and kids like to follow leaders,” Ondriezek said.