Upper St. Clair quarterback Jackson Geisler got a baptism by fire at the end of last season.
Because of a concussion to senior Dan Trocano, he was thrust under center to make his first career start in the opening round of the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs against North Allegheny. He finished that game 4 of 14 for 21 yards and had seven carries for minus-35 yards in a 24-0 loss to the Tigers.
But this season, Geisler (6-2, 182, Jr.) has had nearly a year to familiarize himself with playing the position at the varsity level and will have the reins to the offense when the Panthers open against Penn Hills.
"The more reps you get, the more experience you have, and it all helps," coach Jim Render said. "It's like going to the bank. You put money away and you know, eventually, it's going to pay off."