CARBONDALE — Mater Dei High School graduate Adam Fuehne caught two touchdown passes Saturday during Southern Illinois University Carbondale's second live scrimmage this spring.
The 6-foot-7, 259-pound sophomore from Damiansville is hoping to be a big part of the Salukis' offense next season.
Senior quarterback Kory Faulkner completed 17-of-24 passes for 239 and four touchdowns, leading the offense on a pair of 70-yard scoring drives. Altogether, Saluki quarterbacks threw seven TD strikes during the 93-play situational scrimmage that focused on scenarios such as red zone, goal line and two-minute drill.
"I think you could see the progress from Week 1 to Week 2, especially offensively, standing up and being noticed and making some plays," SIUC head coach Dale Lennon said. "The offense has been challenged all week. That's the negative of having a poor performance in a scrimmage -- it stays with you. The defense kind of reminds you every now and then that they dominated you."
Faulkner started the scoring-fest with a 25-yard toss to Fuehne on a skinny post. On his next drive, he found Fuehne again on a 19-yard scoring strike, with the 6-7 receiver hauling down the pass with linebacker Houston Walker draped all over him. Fuehne caught four passes for 53 yards and is emerging as a key threat on offense.
"We've always expected (Adam) to be a good receiver," Lennon said. "What hurt him last year was in the first game, he broke a bone in his hand. He went seven weeks with a cast on his hand. He wasn't a big factor in the passing game, but from here on out, he's going to be a big target for us."
Fuehne finished the 2012 season with two catches for 24 yards in 11 games.
Alongside All-American tight end MyCole Pruitt, who also snagged two touchdowns among his five catches on the day, the Salukis have a pair of formidable receiving targets.
Lennon knows the key to the offense remains the fifth-year senior, Faulkner, who has had an up-and-down career at Southern as a two-year starter.
"Kory's biggest challenge is being consistent," Lennon said. "You just can't have the highs and the lows. Naturally, we'll take the highs, but you just can't have the lows where one day you're on, the next day you're off."