Maine quarterback Chris Ferguson looks for an open receiver during the second quarter against James Madison during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Harrisonburg, Va. Credit: Stephen Swofford | AP

Sophomore quarterback Chris Ferguson and running back Joe Fitzpatrick should be back on Saturday when the University of Maine entertains Jacksonville State in an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision second-round playoff game at Alfond Stadium.

Kickoff is at noon.

Jacksonville State of Alabama and its high-powered offense advanced with a 34-27 win over East Tennessee State on Saturday behind transfer quarterback Zerrick Cooper’s three touchdown passes to Shaq Davidson. Cooper, who transferred from Clemson of the Football Bowl Subdivision, completed 20 of 32 passes for 226 yards, and Jaelen Greene carried the ball 15 times for 121 yards.

Ferguson has missed parts of the past two games with a recurring injury to his throwing shoulder that he originally hurt in a 17-5 loss to Football Bowl Subdivision team Central Michigan on Sept. 22. He missed most of that game and the contests against Yale and Villanova before returning to lead UMaine to a 38-36 win at Rhode Island on Oct. 13.

He re-injured the shoulder in the 28-9 victory at Richmond on Nov. 10 and the 27-26 triumph over Elon on Nov. 17.

“Everything is good,” UMaine head coach Joe Harasymiak said during Monday’s CAA conference. “Chris went through a full practice [Sunday]. The off week was good for us. Joe Fitzpatrick also practiced all day yesterday. He should be ready to go, too.”

Redshirt freshman quarterback Isaiah Robinson struggled after replacing Ferguson vs. Elon, completing 4 of 10 passes with two interceptions.

Ferguson has completed 58.2 percent of his passes (152 of 261) for 1,718 yards (190.9 yards per game) and 14 TDs with eight interceptions. In his five starts prior to the Elon game, he completed 60.1 percent of his passes with 252.4 ypg.

UMaine (8-3), the Colonial Athletic Association champ at 7-1, received the seventh seed for the FCS playoffs and a first-round bye.

North Yarmouth’s Fitzpatrick, UMaine’s second leading rusher (388 yards, 3 TDs) behind redshirt freshman Ramon Jefferson, missed the Elon game due to injury.

Harasymiak said Fitzpatrick was held out of the Elon game for precautionary reasons. He also is optimistic that nose guard Charles Mitchell (22 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss) will return after injuring his ankle against Elon.

“He was limited [Sunday], but we hope to have him back for Saturday,” Harasymiak said.

The Black Bears had a light practice last Tuesday and lifted weights in the afternoon before heading home for the Thanksgiving holiday. They returned to campus Saturday and had meetings on Sunday before practicing at night for an hour and 45 minutes.

“Practice was really good. We got our tempo and our speed back,” Harasymiak said.

Harasymiak said he knows his Black Bears will have their hands full with a Jacksonville State team that has made the FCS playoffs six years in a row and played in the national championship game in 2015.

UMaine’s defense, ranked fourth among 124 FCS schools in total defense (278.8 ypg) and second against the run (73.4 ypg), will be facing the nation’s sixth-ranked offense (499 ypg) and No. 8 in scoring (41.1 ppg).

“They have playoff experience, which we don’t, and their offense is very explosive. They can score at any time,” Harasymiak said. “Their quarterback is very talented, they have two big-play receivers [Josh Pearson and Jamari Hester] and their defense is similar to ours: They’re aggressive, they challenge you and they make big plays.”

The CAA had a tough week, going 1-4 with the only win being James Madison’s 20-6 victory over league rival Delaware. Wofford eliminated Elon 19-7, Duquesne ousted Towson 31-10 and Southeast Missouri knocked out Stony Brook 28-14.

Harasymiak said despite the league’s playoff showing, “the competition we have faced [in the CAA] all year has gotten us ready for the playoffs. We love being part of this league. You face a quality opponent every weekend. If you don’t play well, you aren’t going to do well.”

He is excited about having a home playoff game for just the second time in school history. UMaine lost to New Hampshire 41-27 in the second round of the FCS playoffs in 2013.

“This is where we want [the program] to be. Hosting a playoff game and being one of the final 16 teams is pretty special for the university and the fans. I’m really looking forward to the atmosphere. The environment for the New Hampshire game was pretty incredible,” Harasymiak said.