DURHAM — This time last year, Max Brosmer was in his hometown of Roswell, Ga., preparing Centennial High School for a Friday night matchup on the road against Cambridge of Milton.
He went on to complete 14 of 23 passes in that game for 276 yards and four touchdowns in leading Centennial to a 69-35 win, a result he’ll look to approximate this Saturday in Miami.
It’s there Brosmer, a true freshman, will make his first career start at quarterback for the University of New Hampshire, just one week after serving as redshirt freshman Bret Edwards’ understudy in the season opener at Holy Cross.
Brosmer managed to find his way into that game, starting the second half and making good on 8 of 16 throws for 106 and an interception.
“We didn’t have a set plan going into the Holy Cross game,” interim head coach Ricky Santos said of the split playing time at quarterback. “Max led scoring drives and gave us a rhythm and he deserved to finish the game so he’ll start for us this weekend against Florida International.”
It’s a big stage for Brosmer to make his debut as the leading man on. FIU is the only Division I FBS school on the Wildcats’ schedule this season and will be a big test for a young UNH team.
If he’s nervous, Brosmer isn’t showing it on the exterior.
“I just have to keep playing my game,” he said at Wednesday’s press conference. “Nothing changes as far as my mindset goes. Nothing changes in my preparation whether I’m starting or coming off the bench and I expect it to be the same for everyone else (on the team.)”
Santos didn’t rule out the possibility of Edwards seeing some playing time in the game as well. He completed 7 of 18 passes for 97 yards and an interception against Holy Cross and showed the ability to make some plays with his legs that has impressed the coaching staff, rushing five times for 18 yards before Brosmer took over.
Though Edwards was named the team’s starting quarterback coming out of camp, it’s obvious that the job is still very much up for grabs and that Santos will experiment as long as necessary.
“Me and Bret will continue to compete all year,” Brosmer said. “We’re both in the same position so we know what the other is going through, but I see it as a good thing. We aren’t ourselves without each other and I think we’ll both be better quarterbacks for that.”
For now, Brosmer will be the guy to lead UNH into Riccardo Silva Stadium this weekend. Edwards may get the ball at some point, but Brosmer will get his first crack at starting and will do so in front of some family given FIU’s proximity to his home in Georgia.
Brosmer said he doesn’t feel any added pressure and Santos is excited to get down there.
“I always said I wish I could’ve played DI when I was playing,” Santos said. “So when you go into games against DI schools you have a sort of chip on your shoulder. All the pressure is on the DI team, especially if it’s a close game at the half. We have to be clean and protect the ball and can’t let the moment get too big for us.”