One of the many developments from the college football weekend was a revelation at UMD.
It's amazing how well a quarterback can play when he knows what's coming.
True freshman Chase Vogler had to step in for starter Jon Lynch on Sept. 3, as Lynch went down on the first series with a serious elbow injury (sounds like a season-killer for him). UMD lost the game, but Vogler did his best. He has gotten limited work with the offense, being that he's a true freshman and Lynch was the starter (starters, obviously, get the most reps in practice).
Vogler's first collegiate start was Saturday in Marshall against Southwest Minnesota State. While Isaac Odim and the run game still serve as the main cog for the Bulldog offense, the development of Vogler likely will determine UMD's playoff hopes.
The Bulldogs have to think the future is bright.
Vogler shook off any nerves and produced a sharp outing, completing 15 of 20 passes and avoiding any interceptions. The Bulldogs won, 34-27, and showed enough promise to keep very much alive the dream of back-to-back NSIC championships.
Odim ran for well over 100 yards, is an absolute horse, and will continue to lead the way. However, the more Vogler is able to play, the better he'll get, and the better UMD's offense will be.
For now, it's a good start to the promising college career of Chase Vogler.