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Broncos weighing options at quarterback

Hastings College quarterbacks Griffin Roberts (left) and Clark Livingston listen to coach David Kimura during an Aug. 7, 2018 practice. (KHGI)

As football rolls into another season at Hastings College, eyes are on the Broncos choice under center with a three way battle for the starting spot.

Since graduating Anthony Cloyd, the quarterback position is wide open for anyone's job to take and head coach Tony Harper is in no rush to make a decision heading into camp.

"We have a certain guy who's going to go with the first group and then we're going to rotate them," Harper said. "We're going to put them in positions where their backs are against the wall regardless of who they're playing with and then we're going to see how they react."

One face in the mix with a playing time advantage is senior Clark Livingston, who appeared in eight games last season, completing 30 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns.

His competition includes junior Isaiah Jackson and sophomore Griffin Roberts. Whoever ultimately gets the gig, they have some big shoes to fill replacing Cloyd. The 2017 GPAC Honorable Mention All–Conference quarterback finished his senior year connecting for 1385 yards and a 12 to one touchdown to interception ratio.

Putting the stats aside, Coach Harper and his staff are looking at more than stats when trying to find a leader in the clubhouse.

"Before we even come out here and throw the football, it's going to be , 'Who's going to take control and show the leadership qualities'. I don't care if you can't throw the football 50 yards, I don't care if you can't run a four whatever it may be, we're looking for a leader, a guy who can rally the troops. We got three really good guys that we think are going to compete through that," said Harper

There's a nice outlet for the next starter because senior running back Tahj Willingham needs his touches, ranking No. 6 in the NAIA as a junior with 1,430 yards rushing and No. 3 overall with his 172.0 all–purpose yards per game.

The season starts for Hastings College with a prime-time home game against Peru State, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m.

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