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Positional Preview - Quarterbacks

Contributed by admin on Aug 18, 2015 - 10:14 PM

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The sixth of a nine-part College of Idaho 2015 football team preview, focusing today on the Coyote quarterbacks.
 
Heading into last season, the Yotes were excited about having a junior college quarterback directing the offense.  What they didn't know was that Teejay Gordon would break school records for rushing yards by a quarterback and set marks for completions, attempts and passing yards for a season.
 

Gordon recorded four 100-yard rushing games in C of I's first five contests and finished the year with a team-best 857 yards – tying a 1948 school record with 15 rushing touchdowns.  He added 1,728 yards through the air, completing 57-percent of his throws.
 
"We've tried to tweak things and add new wrinkles and expand things here and there," offensive coordinator Tim Keane said. "Teejay has done an outstanding job and was here all summer working and throwing.  He is poised to have a big senior year."
 
With last season's top back-up quarterback Jake Hennessey moving to the defensive side of the ball, it has opened things up for newcomer J.J. Hyde and redshirt freshman A.J. Martin.
 
Hyde spent his freshman season at the University of Utah before stepping away from the game for his LDS mission.  His 6-2, 230 pound frame provides a change of pace to the athleticism of Gordon, with Hyde a two-time 5A All-Southern Idaho Conference pick.
 
Martin got a year of tutelage in the system and had an outstanding spring.  As a senior at Idaho Falls High, he passed for over 3,200 yards and 32 touchdowns.
 
"The fun thing about all of our quarterbacks is that they are competitors," Keane said. "They love to compete.  It's really fun to watch these guys work hard and make each other better."
 
Redshirt freshman Tyler Cox also has a year in the system and a feel for the offense, while true freshman Drake Kuykendall of Orofino is coming off an outstanding final prep season.
 
The Coyotes will host an intrasquad game on Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. in preparation for the season opener, Aug. 29, vs. Eastern Oregon.