BY: DAVE COLLINS
Along with warmer temperatures spring football has arrived in Chadron on the campus of Chadron State College! This time every year the excitement begins to build for the upcoming fall season, and the Eagles get their first looks at what life will be like with a refreshed roster.
For the first time in six seasons CSC is searching for its signal caller at quarterback following that graduation of Dalton Holst, who authored one of the most decorated careers in CSC history while setting records in several passing categories and finishing as a 2019 Harlon Hill Trophy nominee.
Redshirt sophomore Mason Hamilton comes into the spring with the most returning experience. He got in six contests last fall and threw two touchdowns among his 164 yards. Hamilton showed us flashes of his agility running the ball, which fits Offensive Coordinator Micah Smith's scheme well, and Hamilton launched a deep-ball touchdown pass that raised eyebrows showing his arm strength. Spending two seasons observing and learning from Holst will also go a long way in Hamilton's development moving forward contending for the starting nod.
Trevon Wehrman is also listed as a returner on the 2022 spring roster giving CSC a fourth-year player at the position. Wehrman hasn't seen game action on the field as an Eagle at QB but brings a winning pedigree with him from high school when he quarterbacked the Colorado 2A State Runner-Up at Platte Valley High School. Being a veteran in the CSC system helps too.
Jake Sanders signed with Idaho State at the FCS level in February so he's no longer an option to take over.
Also rostered coming into the spring according to CSC Athletics is redshirt sophomore Connor Schwend from Montana, sophomore Zachary Kapushion from Broomfield, Colorado, and sophomore Preston Pearson from Kearney, Nebraska. James Opio - CSC's first ever Maine recruit - was switched over from QB to defense in his freshman season.