PERU – While Nebraska fans wait for a decision on who’ll be behind center this season for the Huskers, Peru State Head Coach Steve Schneider announced his starting quarterback for their season opener on Aug. 25 at Hastings.
The quarterback position had been a question mark for the Bobcats this offseason, in terms of game experience, after former starter Travis Carnahan graduated in the spring.
Schneider, who begins his seventh season, declared senior Dan Boshart (Wood River, Neb.) as the starter and says Boshart was a little ahead of friend and sophomore Noah Kasbohm (Nebraska City, Neb.) going into Thursday’s scrimmage with Morningside College at the Oak Bowl. However, Kasbohm made strides on a sunny morning and was able to close the gab in the QB competition.
“Dan and Noah are pushing each other and we really like Harry Kanu from Brandon, Fla and Charles Johnson from Perkins County, two freshman. They’re both pretty athletic. I think Dan and Noah are a little bit ahead of Charles and Harry just in terms of knowing the offense, the system, etc. I think Harry and Charles are pretty athletic and I think when they get more comfortable with the system, they’ll push Dan and Noah. I feel comfortable with all our quarterback spots.”
Boshart has 552 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns in 15 career games in Peru State’s triple-option offense. He has thrown for 599 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The strength of the Bobcats’ offense will be the running backs and will feature plenty of depth, including four fullbacks and four halfbacks, according to Schneider.
The guys protecting the backs, the offensive line, will be missing four players from last season who played significant time. Schneider likes the guys they have to fill the empty holes.
“They just are not game-tested. Playing a quality opponent like Morningside will give us an opportunity to really get an assessment on where they’re at. So, that’s a little bit of a question mark at the o-line spot.”
Peru State ranked fifth in the Heart of America Athletic Conference in total offense a year ago with 390 yards per game. They were the #1 rushing offense at 259 yards and scored 32 points per game, good enough for fifth in the conference.
Peru State at Hastings
When: 7 p.m., Aug. 25
Where: Lloyd Wilson Field, Hastings
Radio: 103.1 FM, b103.fm
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