Year two for Rockford University football head coach Jim Schroeder brings in a lot of new faces. The Regents’ roster is filled with a lot of youth and inexperience, but those same kids also bring a lot of talent.
“We did really well with guys within an hour, two hour radius of Rockford, and those guys bring a lot of excitement,” says Schroeder.
One new face that has people excited is new offensive coordinator Preston Earl. He comes in looking to improve an offense that had the second best running game in the NACC last season.
“He knows what he’s doing when it comes to being a coach,” says running back Chance Manning of Durand. “He coaches each person individually, and he takes every single thing into consideration when it comes to being a coach.”
“It’s more of a NFL scheme, just learning new techniques, new offenses. It’s just helping the offense we already have and building on from it,” says receiver Mar Sean Vercher.
Coach Schroeder says the Regents offense won’t really change from last season, but one thing that will change is the starting quarterback. There’s a battle between senior Andrew Perez and sophomore Tyler Flynn.
“Both of them bring different skill sets,” says Schroeder. “I mean Tyler’s a good athlete, I think Andrew does a good job of seeing the field, and we’re excited. Both of them do things really well, and also have things they have to work on too.”
No matter who’s under center for Rockford this season it won’t change the team’s high expectations for 2016.
“I feel like my team can go 10-0,” says linebacker Michael Wilson. “We’re going to have to see how we go, how we play the rest of the season. The season is up to us. It’s always been on us, and that’s always what it’s going to be.”
The Regents will open their season at 1 p.m. Saturday by hosting MacMurray.