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Fresh Faces Lead SCSU Football into 2017 Season

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08/16/2017 - 7:00 AM

Fresh Faces Lead SCSU Football into 2017 Season
Junior John Pass from Elk Grove Village, Ill.

St. Cloud State Football fans will certainly see a new team take the field when the Huskies kick off their 2017 season on August 31 at Southwest Minnesota State University.

SCSU must find new starters at quarterback, running back, and wide receiver as Nate Meyer, Jaden Huff, and Jameson Parsons graduated after the 2016 season. Redshirt sophomore Dwayne Lawhorn is the lone returning player that took a snap at quarterback last year, and sophomore Joe Blando is the only Husky that totaled more than 40 rushing yards a season ago. Junior John Pass will likely have the daunting task of replacing Parsons as the top receiver, as Pass collected 656 yards and 5 touchdowns on 37 receptions in 2016.

The Huskies do return plenty of experience in the trenches, as all five starting offensive lineman will be back in SCSU colors. On the defensive end, the Huskies return 9 starters to a unit that allowed 4719 yards of total offense in 2016. First Team All-NSIC selection Carvel Graham and second team pick Jerry Duckworth III anchor the defensive secondary, while second team choice Gary Koehring will lead the linebacking corps. SCSU finished 5-6 in 2016 with a 4-3 record in the NSIC North Division.

The Huskies open their season at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 31 on the road against the Mustangs, and will welcome Winona State University to Husky Stadium at 6:00 p.m. on September 9. St. Cloud State Football enters the season ranked 10th overall, 5th in the North according to the NSIC Preseason Coaches' Poll.