The graduation of Hillsdale’s #2 all time rusher Phil Martin and last year’s 3rd down back Brett Neller leave the most obvious holes for head coach Keith Otterbein and his staff to fill. At least 3 current Chargers enter camp set to compete for the number one spot in the backfield. Sophomore Vinnie Panizzi (pictured) seems to be the favorite after spring practice. The Chargers call Panizzi a “grinding runner who
maintains a low level of gravity with the football.” Junior Brett Lark from Alma, MI is another candidate who adds the ability to turn the corner quickly with his speed and cutting ability. Also in the mix is RS-Freshman TJ Campbell who moved from defensive back this spring. A quarterback in high school, Campbell possesses the athleticism to perform at most of the offensive skill positions. An intriguing addition to the Hillsdale program is JD Kowalkowski, a transfer from Air Force. He ran for 3111 yards and 46 TD at Manistee Catholic Central.