Wondering who will be playing quarterback for the University of Mary in its season opener Thursday night at the Bowl against St. Cloud State?
To find out, you’ll probably need a ticket.
Craig Bagnell, head coach of the Marauders, is holding his cards – No. 1 (Jordan Velarde), No. 9 (Logan Nelson) and No. 14 (Avery Gould) – extremely close to the vest.
“We got three dudes competing for the job. All three of them have done really well this camp and at 6 o’clock on Thursday night one of those guys is going to run out there to start and there’s going to be another guy that plays,” Bagnell said. “Two guys will play.”
Bagnell, who holds most of the QB records at U-Mary, has faith in all three … he’s also strong at subterfuge.
“We got Velarde. We got Nelson and we got Gould and all three of them are pretty damn good,” Bagnell said. “One of them is going to take the first snap and the other guy will take snaps.”
Velarde started last season’s opener against St. Cloud State – a narrow 14-13 road loss – but was injured in Game 2 and lost for the season with a knee injury. Nelson missed all of last season with a knee injury. Gould, the lone non-junior of the trio, is a sophomore junior college recruit from California.
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Garrett Weissinger, part of the Marauders’ deep receiving corps, said they’re in good hands with any of the three.
“All of those guys are good,” Weissinger said. “They’re smart. They’re well-prepared. They work hard. As a team, we have confidence in all of them, for sure.”
Weissinger is getting to focus on wide receiver only this season. The versatile senior from Phoenix has played a lot of QB in his four-year career, including last season when the Marauders were nearly wiped out of healthy quarterbacks.
“It is nice to be able to kind of hone in on one thing and try to learn some of the finer details and carry that over into games,” he said. “But I’ll do whatever they ask me to do. Whatever helps us take that next step as a team, I’m willing to do it … sign me up.”
Those aren’t just words, Weissinger’s done it. Through three years, the 6-foot, 193-pounder has 521 yards passing, 514 yards rushing and 218 yards receiving.
Above that is his dedication to the team.
“No matter what happens, I’m just glad I’ve been able to play college football here, meet the people I have, make so many great friends. It’s like a family, it really is,” Weissinger said. “I’ll remember it the rest of my life.”