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Aug. 3, 2018MARYVILLE, Mo.

Northwest set to break in young, talented QBs

Entering into the 2017 campaign, a pair of seniors were battling for the starting quarterback role at Northwest Missouri State. Fast forward one year later, and the Bearcats head into practice with five QBs on the roster that are all sophomores and freshmen.

Of those five, only Jadyn Kowalski – a second-year player out of Bellevue, Nebraska and the 2016 Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year – has played in a collegiate football game. He completed his lone pass attempt of the 2017 season for 38 yards in a win over Missouri Southern.

Other quarterbacks on the roster include Joe Brannan, a sophomore from Jacksonville, Illinois, Braden Wright, a redshirt freshman from Elkhorn, Nebraska, Mike Hohensee, a true freshman from Saint Charles, Illinois, and Giavonni Guido, a true freshman from Omaha, Nebraska.

Senior linebacker Ben Althoff has got a first-hand look at the quarterbacks playing on the opposite side of the ball, and he says there is a lot of potential in the group.

"I'm definitely seeing a lot of talent on that side from Jadyn, Braden and Joe," Althoff said. "All those guys are very talented, just need that experience. We're hoping those first couple games if we can get a good defensive game going, we can kind of break those guys in and they'll get rolling."

Each quarterback will have a chance to win the job once practice starts August 6.