After winning a national title in junior college, quarterback Peyton Huslig had nothing guaranteed for his first Missouri State season.
“Having all new quarterbacks really opens up the competition level, and they know every day that they have to come out and compete, because being a starting quarterback is huge.”
Huslig earned the start in the spring game, but got off to a tough start – sacked on his first two dropbacks, and picked off on a pass over the middle.
Head Coach Dave Steckel said his second-string defense showed great energy early on.
“The ones hopefully can come out and dominate, but it’s really good to see which twos are going to come out and play and take someone’s job with the ones.”
The starting offense got it going soon enough. Huslig rushed for a short second-quarter touchdown, set up by a long connection with Tyler Currie, and Nick Masoner dove into the endzone to build a 14-0 halftime lead.
Huslig tallied 345 passing yards, but also threw two interceptions and turned the ball over on a dropped lateral pass.
The starting defense shined against the backup offense, allowing only six first downs in a 23-0 shutout.
“That’s always the goal,” senior linebacker Kurran Blamey said. “The main thing we got accomplished this spring was just coming together as a new unit.”
Stec said his depth chart will change Friday morning, and there is plenty of work to do before getting back on the practice this summer.
“We need to get healthy, we need to get stronger – definitely need to get stronger – and we need to get mentally tougher.”
The Bears are back on the practice field in late July to begin preparing for the season opener at Mizzou.