FOOTBALL 2009

Tom Batters
Dunlap football coach Brett Cazalet holds up the playbook as he goes over a play with his offense during the first official day of practice Aug. 12.

In the NFL, quarterback “controversies” are always a hot topic for the fans and media, who like to argue over which signal caller deserves the starting job.

Dunlap football coach Brett Cazalet said there will be no such controversy with his team, even though he has not named his starting quarterback yet.

Juniors Peter Sorenson and Logan Schrader will compete for the starting job. Cazalet, who is in his first season after taking over for longtime coach Jeff Alderman, said one of those players will win the job before the first game.

“I’m not big on changing or rotating,” he said. “Both those guys are playing well. One of them will be our starting quarterback. They’ve both been working at wide receiver, too. So, both of them will have a big role on our team, whether it’s at quarterback or receiver.”

Luke Sensabaugh, who split time with Schrader at quarterback last year, has already been moved to wide receiver.

“Luke is doing a phenomenal job. He’s our best receiver right now,” Cazalet said.

After the first official day of practice last week, Cazalet said he is impressed with his team, but there is still work to do.

“The kids are playing hard, but we’re still a bit out of sync,” he said. “We’ll get there.”

Cazalet said, because he has such a large number of players, very few players will play on both sides of the ball.

“I’d rather have each player master one thing, either on offense or defense,” he said. “We have a lot of kids coming out, and it makes sense, especially when learning a new system, to have each player specialize in one position.”

Caleb Miller, an all-conference tailback and defensive back, will continue to play both positions.

“We need him on the field as much as possible,” Cazalet said.

Cazalet said he is impressed with the offensive line, which is anchored by seniors Bailey Lepp, Andrew Schultze and Travis Weaver.

“It all starts up front,” he said. “We need those guys to step up, and they are working so hard.”

Lepp said Cazalet brings a “Tony Dungy-like enthusiasm” to the team, and the players enjoy playing for him.

“He’s kinda quiet, but he has a lot of charisma and energy. He does a great job motivating us. We’re all so pumped up for the season to start.”

Lepp said he expects the Eagles to be one of the higher scoring teams in the Mid-Illini Conference.

“We have a lot of talented receivers and backs, and Pete and Logan have both done great at quarterback,” he said. “It’s going to be a different offense. We’re going to put some points on the board.”

Brian Gaines, a senior safety, said he enjoys playing in Cazalet’s new defense.

“We move around a lot on defense,” he said. “We’re going to be very fast and cause some problems for other teams when they try to throw or run the ball against us.”

Dunlap opens its season Aug. 28 at home against Galesburg.