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Lynn says quarterback job is McGinnis' to lose

UNK junior quarterback Alex McGinnis (8) goes through the offense on the first day of fall camp, Aug. 6, 2018. (KHGI)

For the second straight season, UNK opening fall camp with a quarterback position battle.

Last year's starter, Steve Worthing, retired in the summer, leaving several hopefuls to duke it out for the chance to be the number one guy.

On day one of camp, head coach Josh Lynn is ready to name a definitive starter publicly heading into the fall.

"There is a quarterback competition there, but I think Alex McGinnis has definitely taken a step forward," Lynn said. "Moving forward, he'll be with the (first-team) huddle until somebody else steps in."

During his three seasons on campus, McGinnis hasn't gotten a lot of playing time; rushing for 72 yards on 21 touches, while completing 47 percent of his 17 passes for 92 yards and three total touchdowns.

His best work came in the 2018 spring game with an 11 of 15 throwing performance and 51 yards rushing for a score and only looks better entering the fall of his junior year.

"You've got a guy who has committed his time and his effort, especially what he's done over the summer time, and what he's doing right now, it's a breath of fresh air," Lynn said.

The Lopers kick off the season at Foster Field on Thursday, Aug. 30 against Missouri Southern State, a team the Lopers topped 16-6 last year in Joplin, Mo.

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