FORT WAYNE, IN. (WANE) – Bluffton hasn’t had a winning season in a decade and just 17 total since 1921. The Tigers are counting on Randy Hudgins to change that. The former Columbia City head coach is swapping the NHC for the ACAC as he takes over a program hungry to put a winning team on the field.
While Hudgins will be tasked with replacing quarterback Malcolm Marshall, the Tigers do return 16 starters including stud running back D’Wayne Eskridge. As a sophomore, Eskridge tallied over 1,600 all-purpose yards to go along with 11 touchdowns. He figures to once again be featured in Bluffton’s spread offense, but Hudgins did warn he doesn’t want to overwork his star.
Defensively the Tigers return seven starters, but have to improve on this side of the ball. While opponents only averaged 75 yards per game through the air against Bluffton, they ran for nearly 240 yards per game.
Bluffton opens the season at home against Northfield.