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College notebook: Hudson, Grebe battle for starting roles
BY STEVE DeSHAZO
With less than two weeks until the football season opens, two Stafford County natives are in battles for starting positions at their schools.
Redshirt junior Brian Hudson (Brooke Point) may have helped his case to be Liberty’s quarterback by throwing a 43-yard touchdown pass to Jaquan Glover in the Flames’ intrasquad scrimmage Saturday.
Hudson is competing with redshirt freshman Josh Woodrum to succeed Mike Brown, a two-time Big South Conference offensive player of the year who’s now in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ training camp as a wide receiver. Hudson completed 14 of 21 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns in reserve duty last season. New Flames coach Turner Gill has said that both Hudson and Woodrum may play in Liberty’s season opener, Sept. 1 at Wake Forest.
Meanwhile, Chase Barnett (Brooke Point), who moved from running back to receiver in spring practice, has left Liberty’s team for personal reasons and is no longer enrolled in school.
True freshman Austin Grebe (North Stafford) is one of five players vying to be Navy’s starting kicker in its opener, Sept. 1 against Notre Dame in Dublin, Ireland.
Grebe made all five of his field-goal attempts in practice Friday, including four from over 40 yards, but The Washington Examiner reported that coach Ken Niumatalolo hinted freshman Nick Sloan remains the front-runner. Sloan made his first three kicks before missing wide from 48 yards.
Redshirt sophomore E.L. Smiling (Brooke Point) caught a 37-yard touchdown pass in Virginia Tech’s intrasquad scrimmage Saturday. Smiling is trying to earn a spot in the Hokies’ receiver rotation behind starters Marcus Davis and D.J. Coles and senior reserve Dyrell Roberts.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Eric Frohnapfel (Colonial Forge) was 12 of 19 passing for 166 yards and ran five times for 48 yards in Marshall’s intrasquad scrimmage Saturday.
Former James Madison pitcher Jason Kuhn (Brooke Point) has rejoined the Dukes as a volunteer coach. Kuhn went 4–3 with a 7.54 ERA in 55 appearances for JMU from 20o6–10.
Senior Kirsty Meyers (Riverbend) assisted on Ashley Clark’s winning goal in overtime as Campbell won its season opener, 2–1 over East Carolina Friday.
Andrew Hence, who coached Massaponax High School’s basketball team and Riverbend’s gof team, will be inducted into Bridgewater’s athletic hall of fame on Oct. 5 for his baseball achievements. He holds the Eagles’ school record with six career shutouts and was named the team’s top pitcher in 1974 and ’75. He was 4–1 with a 1.63 ERA and batted .500 in 1975.
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