DURHAM — So how does a high school quarterback from Georgia end up at the University of New Hampshire? That’s a question Max Brosmer has been answering a lot lately.
Brosmer, a true freshman who played at Centennial High School in Roswell, Ga., is among those competing to be UNH’s starting quarterback next season. He enrolled at UNH in January and took a step forward Saturday when he completed 12 of 19 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns in UNH’s Spring Game. He was not intercepted.
Brosmer, 18, said his college decision came down to Dartmouth and UNH, with UNH’s ability to offer an athletic scholarship being one of the main reasons he landed in Durham.
“Yeah, I get asked the Georgia question a lot,” Brosmer said. “Coach McCarty (UNH defensive ends coach Peter McCarty) was down a bunch, called, sent me a lot of mail — there was a lot of contact.
“I’m loving it up here. The first week of spring ball, the first couple practices, were definitely new to me. I had to get the offense down and try to turn my talent into a college offense. It’s very hard. The first week was awful, but that’s how it is. After I got the offense under my belt I started understanding more about the defenses and how our routes would work against the defense and stuff, so if I didn’t come early there’s no way I’d be in the spot I am right now.
“I’m a true pro-style quarterback. I can make moves outside the pocket, but where I’m strong is in the pocket and seeing the defense.”
According to UNH coach Sean McDonnell, Brosmer, redshirt freshman Bret Edwards and sophomore Tommy Herion have moved ahead of Dover’s Stephen Hedberg and Penacook’s Ivan Niyomugabo on the quarterback depth chart. Herion and Niyomugabo didn’t play Saturday because of injuries. Edwards, who missed a good chunk of spring practice with an arm injury, competed 8 of 14 passes for 48 yards and a TD; and Hedberg connected on 2 of 7 passes for 20 yards and was intercepted once.
“Offensively it all goes through the quarterback, McDonnell said. “We had a 15-practice evaluation right now and we’ll probably have 20 more evaluations in the fall with fall camp. We’ll try to figure out where we are with that.”
Brosmer is the first player to enroll at UNH early straight out of high school.
“The quarterback (position) has changed drastically in the recruiting process,” McDonnell said. “People are making decisions early on offering kids, and kids are making decisions early on accepting them because they want to have a place to go.
“Max was very heavily recruited by a bunch of Ivy League schools. We were one of the few scholarship schools who offered him, and when we did he was very excited about it. The family came up twice and was very thorough in what they were doing to find out about UNH. Max found a home here.”
Not including the 2019 recruiting class, there are 15 New Hampshire residents on the UNH roster. In addition to Hedberg and Niyomugabo, defensive back Tim Bouchard (Barrington), punter Drew Sanborn (Amherst), linebacker Michael Balsamo, wide receiver Nick Lorden (Milford), wide receiver/place-kicker Jason Hughes (Atkinson), running back Jacob Post (Plaistow), safety Joe Eichman (Merrimack), defensive back Christian Peete (Portsmouth), defensive tackle Patrick Kaplan (Center Barnstead), offensive lineman Noah Robison (Derry), wide receiver Mike Vailas (Bedford), tight end Thomas Splagounias (Windham) and tight end Jack Cavallaro (Hanover).
Lorden and Robison also sat out Saturday’s game with injuries.
UNH attempted four field goals Saturday. Redshirt freshman Jordan Conn made kicks from 44 and 45 yards, but missed a 51-yard try. Hughes made his only kick, a 45-yarder. … Sophomore Brian Espanet led the team in catches. He had five receptions for 44 yards and two touchdowns. Malik Love had the only other TD catch. … Sophomore running back Carlos Washington gained 102 yards on five carries, which included a 54-yard TD run. … The Wildcats typically name team captains the week before the Spring Game, but have yet to select captains this year. … Vailas received the Todd Walker Teammate Award prior to Saturday’s game. Walker, a former UNH defensive back, was killed in 2011 while attempting to stop a robbery and saved the life of the women he was walking home. … Defensive back Alonzo Addae, who played in 11 games last season, is no longer on the UNH roster.