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SUMMER FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: New quarterbacks all around the Herald & Review area
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SUMMER FOOTBALL TOUR

SUMMER FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: New quarterbacks all around the Herald & Review area

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TUSCOLA — Logan Tabeling is going to have one year as the starting quarterback for Tuscola.

The senior baseball standout, who is committed to pitch at Wright State in college, will replace Luke Sluder as the team's starting quarterback. So far, so good for Tableing.

“His leadership is fantastic," Tuscola coach Andy Romine said. "I think that has translated from baseball. His leadership is beyond good."

At a recent 7-on-7, Tabeling placed perfect passes to his receivers, which include Brandon Douglas and Jalen Quinn, giving the Warriors plenty of weapons in what should be a strong passing attack.

“Logan, where he’s at with the game mentally and what we’re looking for from our quarterback, he’s there," Romine said. "He’s got it. We've had three straight all-state quarterbacks and I think Logan would have played quarterback at nearly every school in the area a year ago."

Wayne taking over for Clinton

The move of Ty Berter to a hybrid running back and receiver means Garrett Wayne will slide in at quarterback for the Maroons.

He played the position as a sophomore before taking over as a receiver last year. He and Berter have a strong connection already given their knowledge of the other position, and Wayne is settling in more and more each day.

“It’s different, but I’m starting to get comfortable with it and getting comfortable with my offense and some of my weapons I have around me," Wayne said. "...It’s pretty normal to me. I’ve been a guy who plays pretty much anywhere they ask. I get pretty used to moving around, but I’m comfortable and I like it."

Warren new guy at CGB

In the first round of the Class 1A playoffs last season, then-freshman Collin Warren took a snap at quarterback for Cerro Gordo-Bement, pitched the ball backwards to Matt Guffey who passed to Jacob Hayes. That play led to a touchdown two plays later in a loss to Argenta-Oreana.

Warren never went back in the game. But when the Broncos open the season Aug. 30 at Sangamon Valley, Warren will be the starting quarterback. Coach Nick Walker knows Warren is young, but ready.

“He’s doing really well also, but he’s just young," Walker said. "He was a freshman playing JV for us last year. We changed a little bit of the offense around where it’s more in the quarterback’s hands. I think he’s going to be really good at it, it’s just going to take some screwin’ up to see what he’s got to fix."

It might take the Broncos' offense a little time to get out of the stable, but Walker likes what he has at quarterback in Warren.

“He’s mature enough to do it and he’s got to get that on his shoulders," Walker said. "He does listen. He listens really well and learns."

Blakeman stepping in for LSA

Sophomore Brandon Blakeman is stepping in for graduated quarterback Mike Fiala, said LSA football coach Jordan Hopman.

Hopman is leaning towards Blakeman, but sophomore Gannon Harshman is also an option, though Harshman's size allows him to play other positions. Blakeman was listed at 5-foot-5 last season.

“Right now I have Brandon doing it for the simple fact that Gannon can play other places, whereas Brandon is, not limited, but because of Brandon’s size and he’s still maturing, he’s going to need to have another year," Hopman said.

Blakeman has grown each week at the position and at a practice last week took pointers from assistant coach Briley Housh, who quarterbacked the Lions before Fiala.

“Brandon is doing a nice job," Hopman said. "In the last week and a half, he’s grown leaps and bounds. That is a maturation process learning that, ‘OK, if I’m going to be quarterback I need to put in a little extra work … a lot of extra work if these guys are going to follow me."

Tackels in at Monticello

Nic Tackels has played in the big moment. 

Last season when linebacker Cole Reedy was injured, Tackels stepped in and recorded five tackles in the Class 3A state championship game to help lead the Sages to a win over Byron.

When the season opens this year, Tackels will be the team's starting quarterback after the graduation of Braden Snyder. The Sages likely won't be as pass-happy as they've been during a dominant stretch in Class 3A, but coach Cully Welter still has faith in Tackels, a 5-foot-9, 147-pound senior.

“He’s another kid who is very tough," Welter said. "He lacks size, but he’s very quick and being a senior he’s learning on the run a little bit, but we’re excited about his potential."

Contact Joey Wagner at (217) 421-6970. Follow him on Twitter: @mrwagner25

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