Fort Hays State football coach Chris Brown said Tuesday the Tigers are optimistic FHSU quarterback Chance Fuller will be able to play in Saturday night's home game against Missouri Southern.

Fuller was placed into concussion protocol during last Saturday's overtime win at Washburn after being slammed to the turf on a sack early in the fourth quarter.

Junior Voshon Waiters took over at quarterback and helped orchestrate a game-tying drive for a field goal late in the fourth quarter. The Tigers went on to claim a 41-38 overtime victory at Yager Stadium.

Brown said Fuller's condition has improved with each day.

"Saturday after the game he was better as the hours went on," Brown said. "On Sunday at meetings, he was back to normal Chance. (Monday) Even better. His improvement the last few days has been really, really good for us. We're still going through that concussion protocol with him as well.

"His chances to play this week are pretty good, which is a plus for us. But if (Fuller doesn't play), Voshon's going to step in and do a great job for us."

Fuller, a sophomore from Arlington, Texas, completed 23 of 31 passes for 271 yards with four touchdowns against Washburn before the injury.

Waiters, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound junior from Miami, was 8-of-13 passing for 62 yards. Seven of the completions occurred on the drive late in regulation.

"That was a tough situation for him to come into in the Washburn game," Brown said of Waiters. "He stepped in and did a great job for us. If Chance is ready, we'll play him. If not, we're going to go with Vashon and he'll do a great job for us."

Waiters said he will be ready if he's asked to start Saturday night.

"Watch film, go out there and practice. Nothing really changes," he said. "Whether (Fuller is playing) or not, I'm still going to help him, he's going to help me. We're all a team and we all just want to win on Saturdays."

Missouri Southern (0-3) is coming off a 66-34 loss at home to Northwest Missouri. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Saturday at Lewis Field Stadium.