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Dartmouth's QB? We'll see

By ROGER BROWN
New Hampshire Union Leader

September 11. 2018 10:32PM




HANOVER — Here’s a question Dartmouth College football coach Buddy Teevens fielded a lot during preseason camp: Who will replace Jack Heneghan as the team’s starting quarterback? We’re three days away from Dartmouth’s opener against Georgetown and we still don’t have a definitive answer. It may be a team effort.

On Tuesday, Teevens said he plans to play both Jared Gerbino and Derek Kyler when the Big Green and Hoyas tangle Saturday (1:30 p.m.) at Dartmouth’s Memorial Field.

“Our biggest question mark would be the quarterback spot,” said Teevens, who is starting his 19th season as Dartmouth’s head coach. “We have guys who haven’t taken any snaps, but they look good in practice.”

Heneghan, Dartmouth’s starter for the last two seasons, was among those cut by the San Francisco 49ers last month. His graduation left Dartmouth with little game experience at the QB position.

Dartmouth used Gerbino, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound junior, as a Wildcat QB in 2017, when the Big Green finished 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the Ivy League. Gerbino ran for 478 yards and seven touchdowns a year ago — he gained 202 yards and scored four TDs against Princeton — but rarely threw the ball. He completed 2 of 4 passes for 21 yards.

Kyler, a sophomore, earned Dartmouth’s Scout Team Award for offense last season. Teevens said Kyler has made significant strides since then.

“Gerbino is throwing the ball much better,” Teevens said. “Kyler will sit in the pocket and make a throw. Both guys have different skill sets. That creates a challenge and makes it difficult for opponents. My thought is, keep them guessing.

“We’ll see how the ballgame goes. Obviously the most productive player will play the most.”

Teevens said quarterback Jake Allen, a University of Florida transfer, needs more time to get comfortable with Dartmouth’s offensive system. Allen played for former Stevens High School coach Roger Harriott at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and transferred after Londonderry native Dan Mullen was hired as Florida’s head coach.

Linebacker Jack Traynor will spearhead the Dartmouth defense. Traynor made a team-high 98 tackles last season. That total ranked second among Ivy League players.

“The more experience we have is on defense,” Teevens said. “We have a bunch of good guys up front I feel good about. Traynor is just a brilliant kid. One of the most sure-tacklers I’ve ever had. He just locks in on people.”

Georgetown, a member of the Patriot League, has a 1-1 record and is seeking its first winning season since 2011. The Hoyas opened the season with a 39-14 victory over Marist and then dropped a 13-8 decision to Campbell last Saturday.

Georgetown quarterback Gunther Johnson is a transfer from the University of Arizona who started the second half of last season, and defensive lineman Khristian Tate was an All-Patriot League first-team selection last season.

Dartmouth opened the 2015 season with a 31-10 victory against Georgetown “I’ve been very impressed with their wide receivers,” Teevens said. “They’re much-improved over the team we played (three) years ago. They’re two games in and we haven’t played yet, plus we have inexperience at the quarterback position we’ll have to work through.”

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Dartmouth will open next season with an away game against Jacksonville University . … Georgetown posted a 1-10 record last year and went 3-8 in 2016. … Rob Spence is in his first season as Georgetown’s offensive coordinator. Spence held the same position at Clemson from 2005 to 2008. … Dartmouth defensive tackle Phil Berton’s father is best known as Sidd Finch, the fictitious pitcher in the Sports Illustrated April Fool’s Day hoax article published in 1986. … Dartmouth will play at Holy Cross on Sept. 22 and will open the Ivy League portion of its schedule with a Sept. 29 home game against Penn.

rbrown@unionleader.com


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