Belvidere sports one of the smaller teams in the NIC-10 every year,but what the Bucs lack in overall numbers they more than make up for with their number of upper classmen this season. The Bucs have more than 20 seniors on their roster. That’s 20-plus seniors that remember all-to-well a junior season that ended 1-8.
“I learned a lot (from last year’s seniors). Definitely looked at the leadership, took a lot from the seniors that left us, and tried to take what they gave us into what I can bring into this team this year,” says senior linebacker Luke Danielson.
Darin Wecker is entering his second season as head coach. He only had seven seniors in his first year, having three times that number this summer has made a huge difference.
“I’ve put a lot of responsibility and accountability on them, some ownership,” says Wecker. “That’s what I’ve been doing this whole offseason. Us as a coaching staff we’ve leaned heavily on our seniors.”
One senior he’ll be looking to lean on is quarterback Austin Hausen who’s back to run the Bucs’ spread offense for the second year a row. In only seven starts last season Hausen led the NIC-10 in passing with over 15-hundred yards.
“I feel like I can take us close to a winning record,” says Hausen. The last seven games pretty shocking to me too honestly. I got a couple of guys as threats.
Guys like seniors August Winscher, Isaiah Rhodes, Josh Hartzell, Glenn Winchell, and Steven King, but where the Bucs look to make their biggest stride is on defense. Belvidere gave up the most points in conference last season with 365.
We’re definitely trying to stop the run,” says Danielson. “I feel like that’s where we got beat a lot is runs up the middle. We’re definitely trying to stop that this year.”