Beaver's Jeff Beltz is a smart coach, so there's no need to remind him that it would be wise to put the ball in the hands of Darius Wise as much as possible.
Wise (5-11, 170) is a standout junior for the Bobcats who will start at quarterback after playing primarily at running back last season. Wise rushed for 818 yards — averaging 12.2 yards per carry — had 13 receptions for 272 yards and scored 22 touchdowns. Wise already owns a scholarship offer from BYU. Several other Division I schools are showing interest.
"We expect a lot more than a great football player. We hope that the leadership traits start to come out," said Beltz, whose team has only seven seniors. "You want your best athlete to take on those added pressures and roles."
Wise replaces Zach Royba, who passed for 1,237 yards and 14 touchdowns last season when the Bobcats went 7-3 and qualified for the playoffs for the eighth year in a row. Landon Pontoli (5-9, 165, Jr., QB-DB) could see some time at quarterback and also wide receiver. Alex Neeley (6-2, 295, Sr., OL-DL) is the only other returning offensive starter. Te'Vierre Williams (5-9, 155, Jr., RB-DB) is expected to be the primary ball carrier. The top receivers are Micah Weaver (5-11, 185, Jr., WR-LB) and Chase Mamone (6-2, 165, Sr., WR-LB).