“Next man up.” What is about to become the next over-used phrase du jour in the football media is what this off-season has been all about for both the Hillsdale College and California (PA) University football programs.
In Hillsdale Sam Landry might be built like a linebacker but he is the new face of the Chargers as quarterback. Isaac Spence the bruiser and Bennett Lewis the speedster will provide a thunder and lightning approach as they look to replace all-time leading rusher Joe Glendening who graduated this past Spring.
The team that handed the Chargers a 30-22 defeat in last year’s opener, California University of Pennsylvania also has a number of marquee players to replace before they get to Hillsdale on Saturday night to kick off the Division II College Football season.
Peter Lalich graduated as the Vulcan’s fourth leading passer and will be replaced by Cody Schroeder, a sophomore who started a stint at QB last year after Lalich suffered an injury.
“Cody Schroeder is the clear-cut starter,” Head Coach Mike Kellar told Trib Live Sports reporter Jeremy Sellew. “He was the starter each of the last two springs and he took over when Pete was hurt last year.”
Cal also will be looking for a replacement to its go-to rusher for the past three years Lamont Smith. Last year’s Center Eric Kush is now a member of the Kansas City Chief and All-American safety Rontez Miles is with the Jets.
One additional athlete Cal will need to replace is redshirt freshman Claudy Mathieu. Keller suspended the defensive lineman last weekend after Mathieu was arrested on assault charges stemming from a brawl at Subway on Saturday Night.