Cadets Looking To Build Off Stellar Season

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Coming off a school-record tying nine wins and the program’s third sectional championship the Concordia football team has some big shoes to fill in 2014.
“We’ll be different because we lost 16 of those guys, 16 seniors off last year’s team,” fifth-year head coach Tim Mannigel says. “I don’t know how much momentum carries over, frankly. We lose six of our front seven on defense, we lose four of our five starting offensive linemen, so there’s going to be some young kids, some untested kids playing.”
That is especially true on defense, where safety Charles Nagy is the lone returning starter. Offensively, the Cadets must replace the graduated David Morrison, who signed with Ball State after throwing for 3,412 yards and 29 touchdowns last season. Morrison’s younger brother Peter Morrison, a sophomore, and junior Daniel Sparks will battle for the starting job this fall.
According to Mannigel, whoever wins the QB job will have plenty of talent to work with.
“Now, we feel pretty good about who we have. I think our skill position players are as good as we’ve had at Concordia. I don’t want to sell the line short, or the defensive front seven short, either. They’re just going to be new. We’ve got players who can step in.”
Expect to see an expanded role for junior C.J. Morris who had 46 catches for 712 yards last season. Morris will also play cornerback this fall for the Cadets.
Concordia will scrimmage East Noble at Zollner Stadium next Friday. The Cadets open the 2014 regular season August 22 at Chambers Field against North Side.

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