UNK Football Build A New Offense
With the new turf field complete Lopers football is ready to play.
The team held their fall scrimmage Saturday morning, testing out new depth in the run game.
Head coach Josh Lynn comes into his first season with the Lopers having seven running backs on the roster.
Only one of whom has division II experience.
With Luke Quinn still out due to injury, the Lopers spent most practice running the ball.
Among the new faces, Dayton Sealey of St. Cecilia took a few hand–offs up the middle.
As well as David Goodwin who transferred in from New Mexico Military Institute.
The Lopers run game depends on an offensive line that also has new faces.
With no seniors and just three returning juniors.
"We're starting to run the ball, you know what we do offensively," Lynn said. "Our running backs and offensive line are starting to get schemes and we got out here and ran the ball like we needed to."
The Lopers spent more than half their scrimmage on run plays. Lynn sees a lot of potential in his new comers.
"Dayton Sealey, Thomas Russell is another good one," Lynn said. "We got a couple transfers in, Isaiah Brown, David Goodwin, and a couple freshmen, Rasheed White is doing a good job," Lynn continued. "So that group is good and solid, the running back position is real deep and we're happy with these guys after this first scrimmage."
One question coming into this season, who's going to be starting at quarterback?
Of course all eyes are on fourth year sophomore Steve Worthing out of Elkhorn.
Who started in nine games last season throwing for over 2,000 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Worthing was the teams Offensive MVP last year.
Questionable how healthy he is after his knee injury.
But claims he's back and ready.
Alex McGinnis also took some reps with the starters today. Including running one in for a touchdown.
"It's good, we're a tight knit group of QB's so we're just trying to get each other better and help each other out," Worthing said. "Just pushing ourselves to make the Lopers better."
The Lopers have six quarterbacks on their roster this year. Saturdays scrimmage may have left coach Lynn at crossroads on who will be the starter.
"Gosh, all those quarterbacks played well," Lynn said. "Steve Worthing played well when he was running with the first group and we ran Alex McGinnis a couple times with the first group and he moved the ball right down the field," Lynn Continued.
"Another one that had a good day was Dylan Reifeis, Steve might have the edge a little bit, but those other two guys had great scrimmages."
The Lopers kick off the 2017 season on Aug. 31st, against Missouri Western State.