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Three young quarterbacks vying for MSU-N starting job


August 21, 2019

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Montana State University-Northern's Brendan Medina, Tré Long, left, and Oakley Kopp, right, are in a battle for the starting quarterback job, which will be decided before the Lights head to their season-opener at Arizona Christian next week.

As the leaders of the offense, quarterbacks are essential to have on a football team. Without a good quarterback, an offense can deflate on the field.

Montana State University-Northern's football coach Andrew Rolin knows this all to well.

With the Light's season drawing closer, Rolin faces a choice when it comes to which of his quarterbacks will run the offense and has made part of it.

"We have a one-guy system," stated Rolin.

With that, a sole leader of the offense will have to be chosen.

Luckily, Rolin has a few options to choose from.

Brenden Medina is a quarterback who has it. Medina can sling a football as a talented passer and his height at 6-2 makes for a good option. Medina also works hard to better himself and his teammates every day. Whether it's watching film or doing pass drills, Medina, a red-shirt freshman who was the only quarterback to get reps last spring, knows that the more he works, the more he and the team shine.

Another QB, true freshman Tré Long, has also shown a good case for the starting position. Long's awareness in the pocket, 6-1 height, good arm, and his ability to make run plays provide the Lights with a versatile quarterback who could change the game.

Fellow freshman Oakley Kopp provided the Lights with some good play throughout their practices, running in for touchdowns and throwing many successful passes. Kopp's height at 6-3 makes him the tallest QB in the bunch. Kopp also presented his case with intense motivation.

Overall, the three quarterbacks have pushed themselves to impress their coaches in hopes of becoming the starter for MSU-N football, with Northern having to replace two-year starter Tommy Wilson.

Even with the competition for the starting position, the three QBs share a comradery with one another. They all study film and work together to better each other. Their support for their fellow quarterbacks allows them to guide one another to success. Even better, Medina knows that no matter who is chosen as starter, nothing will change between them.

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Tre' Long is one of three quarterbacks battling for MSU-N's starting job this fall.

Rolin has seen talent in each of his quarterbacks and knows what he must do to make his choice.

"I just have to watch the film," Rolin said. "After I watch the film, a starter will be named."

The quarterback battle going on at Northern is proving to be a tight race. The winner will be decided before the MSU-N Lights face off against the Arizona Christian University Firestorm next week, a battle that will surely set the tone for the Lights' season.

Which quarterback will lead the Lights' offense? All to do is wait and see.

The race will soon come to end though as the Lights close out fall camp with a second scrimmage Saturday afternoon. Then, the Lights will begin prepping for their trip to Phoenix to take on the Firestorm.


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