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The Cougars have been on quite the roller coaster through their first four games. A bit of that is to be expected with a true freshman under center. Keloland's Cat Clark has more on the Coo's new QB.
"There are a lot of positives that Luke brings to the table as a true Freshman," USF Head Coach Jed Stugart said.
The biggest positive the 6'5" product of the Rocky Mountains brings to this years squad is his ability to move the ball with not only his arm, but also with his legs. The Cougars are young in many positions, however they aren't rebuilding.
"We are a young team, so a lot of people say this is a rebuilding year for us. We don’t really believe that. We believe we are a team with a lot fo talent and players that can do good things. That's how we're going at it and why we are excited about this year," USF Freshman QB Luke Papilion said.
So far this season USF is 2-2 with both losses on the road. At home the Cougars are unbeaten while averaging 48 points per contest. As defensive Captain John Tidwell explains his side of the ball plays a huge part in developing No. 15 on the other side.
"If we can shut down a team it will give Luke a lot more confidence to be able to relax and play his game. If the other team doesn't score they won't win. If he can just get something rolling he will gain more confidence," USF Sophomore DB John Tidwell said.
As Papilion's confidence rises so will his numbers. He has currently racked up 903 total yards and 10 touchdowns, 9 of them on the ground. He will need to work on the five times he has thrown the ball to the other team, but his coach is being patient during these growing pains.
"The things that Luke brings to the table are outstanding. I think just like any other position on the field; each week you need to learn from your mistakes, develop, and that is our job to coach him and keep doing," Stugart said.
The Cougars will hit the road once again this week as they travel to take on SMSU in Marshall, MN. They will return to Bob Young Field October 11th for Homecoming. They will induct five members into the USF Hall of Fame at halftime including, former Quarterback and current Storm Head Coach, Kurtiss Riggs.
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