BISMARCK, N.D. - It’s the most difficult position to learn in football, and it usually takes time. But what happens when you don’t have any time to develop? That’s exactly what happened at the quarterback position for the University of Mary and Jason Hoekstra was thrown into the fire.
He’s a true freshman from Legacy, and Hoekstra had to run Craig Bagnell’s offense because fall camp and the season opener took out the guys with college experience. "It's not something we planned,” says Bagnell. “We didn't plan on losing three quarterback's in two weeks but it happened so it's going to be a great experience for him. I've seen a lot of growth and that's going to continue to him but that's something you don't really plan on."
The transition from prep football to the college game is usually a trying time for a young quarterback. Bagnell runs down some of the things Hoekstra has to deal with.
"He obviously played here in the city and when you're in high school you're going to see a couple of coverage's and that's about it maybe a couple different blitz's but you don't have to call protections so for him now he's got to understand all the different coverage's. he's got to understand pass protections and the blitz's he's going to see, run checks, what play he needs to get us out of and into a better play."
The Marauders have two more chances to get Bagnell his first victory as a head coach. This week, U-Mary is at Duluth before finishing up with a road trip to Crookston.