Last year, UMHB’s Pete Fredenburg made his mark in history, in beating UW-Oshkosh 10-7 in the national championship. His football team brought home the first ever national title in school and conference history, on top of having a 15-0 perfect season.
“I just think that the bar has been set incredibly high. We feel really strong about our recruits coming in this year, probably better than ever,” head coach Pete Fredenburg said.
The squad has a solid group of starters coming back, six on offense and six on defense. Even though a few key roles need to be filled, Fredenburg is used to it.
“You go through it ever year, you just see different roles guys fitting into so you gotta continuously shape those things until the chemistry of the team is defined,” Fredenburg said.
One particular role that needs to be filled is quarterback, since Blake Jackson graduated last spring. Fredenburg has two guys in mind for the job, freshman Kyle Jones and junior T.J. Josey.
“We actually recruited him here to play quarterback, we moved him to receiver and he did an outstanding job but this spring we moved him back to quarterback, his name is T.J. Josey, and we just gotta to see if T.J. is the guy that can do it, athletically he’s very capable,” Fredenburg said.
Whoever ends up earning the starting QB job, they’ll certainly have a ton of protection from the offensive line.
“I really and truly think that we might be poised to have one of the best group of offensive linemen coming back that we’ve ever had,” Fredenburg said.
Pete Fredenburg will have two decades of coaching under his belt at UMHB after this season.
“I just enjoy the prospects, I enjoy the work, I enjoy doing the things that I’ve done for years. And you know what’s really fun Mandy, is to me is to see the guys that are coming into the role of playing again and doing the things and now they all of a sudden have to step into a different role. And so it’s exciting for me just to watch and see them develop,” Fredenburg said.
The Crusaders first game of the 2017 season will be on their home turf, against Sul Ross on September 9th.