|QB Mark Laprairie
Whether it is fair or not, the biggest question that always swirls around Spring Practice when a team graduates its quarterback is “Who’s the next guy going to be?”
Although most Division II schools don’t make a big public announcement, the tea leaves around Hillsdale College this extended winter are floating in the direction of current RS-Freshman Mark Laprairie from Rockford.
Laprairie rewrote the passing record books for the storied program north of Grand Rapids and will have 3 years of eligibility to put a dent into the ones at Hillsdale.
Hopefully, Laprairie will get some help from the backfield and the return of Bennett Lewis. Lewis showed glimpses of breakaway talent in the 2013 season opener but was lost for the year due to injury during that game. Emerging alongside is Oklahoman Jake Wiseman. While Lewis will be more of a slasher, Wiseman will provide a change of pace and be the pounder. Both guys will be just Sophomores.
The offensive line is another area where some wholesale changes will be noticed. Currently it appears that a big battle is brewing over who will play where. The unit has had some injuries throw a wrench into early placement. More than likely whoever works the hardest between now and the beginning of the season is going to find himself in the starting line-up. We know Nate Shreffler is one of the top offensive line coaches in the GLIAC and he will have this group ready.
The offensive group with the most experience is the wide receivers with Evan Bach, the team’s leading receiver last season, back for one more go. Junior-to-be John Haley and Sophomore-to-be Joe Srebernak will give Laprairie a number of options and were near the top statistically last year for Hillsdale.
We will take a look at the defense a little later this Spring.