Eric Peterson, Published March 23 2012
Pair of freshmen battling for MSUM starting QBMOORHEAD – Head coach Steve Laqua knows what the top priority is for his Dragons football team this spring.
“We’ve got to have a quarterback who is ready to play in a conference football game at a winning level,” Laqua said.
Minnesota State Moorhead started its spring practices Friday with two redshirt freshmen vying for the top spot on the team’s QB depth chart.
“This spring has got to get me ready to play in the fall. I’ve got to be ready to play a game by the end of spring ball,” said Myles Montplaisir, the former Fargo Shanley standout who was the Dragons No. 2 QB last season, but never played in a game.
Ryan Toelle, who is from Sisseton, S.D., is the other QB who will compete with Montplaisir for playing time next fall. The fact Montplaisir was second on the depth chart last season could give him a slight edge at the start of spring camp.
“He may have the advantage early on, but it’s one that he‘s going to have to win every day and Ryan is going to have to battle him every day,” Laqua said.
Freshman Brock Wieber – who played for Wyndmere-Lidgerwood in high school – gives MSUM a third QB in its spring camp. However, Wieber can’t play next season because he transferred from Northern State, which is also in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Montplaisir is excited to go through his first spring practices and also compete with Toelle for the No. 1 QB spot.
“It’s just another opportunity to get better. That’s what it’s all about and you have to take advantage of those opportunities,” said Montplaisir. “Competition breeds your best performance. You’re going to be at your best when you have someone pushing you.”
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