BRIDGEWATER, Va. – After a stiff two-week competition, Bridgewater College head football coach Michael Clark has announced that junior Willie Logan will be the starting quarterback for the Eagles when they take to the field on Saturday for the season opener at St. Vincent.
“I have always felt competition is a good thing for positions and teams in general. In the end, we had to make a tough decision but it was made easier by the fact that the choices available are both capable of successfully leading a college football team, said Clark, who begins his 18th season at the helm of the Eagles football program on Saturday. “After meeting Saturday evening and evaluating the inter-squad scrimmage from Saturday afternoon, which had to replace the cancelled CNU scrimmage, I have decided to name junior Willie Logan the starting quarterback for the season opener at St. Vincent.”
Logan entered the 2011 season as Bridgewater’s third option at the quarterback position, but quickly rose to the backup role after a week two injury propelled Carlos Gonzalez to the starting role.
Last season, Logan was 12-of-21 for 153 yards and a pair of touchdown tosses in limited action. The junior also carried the ball 16 times for 112 yards and an additional three scores. The highlight of Logan’s season on the ground came with a 72-yard, two touchdown effort against Guilford, while the Luray, Va. Native also turned in a perfect 5-for-5 outing against Apprentice on week four.
There was not one variable that determined the decision and it truly was one of those ‘sleep on it’ decisions. Willie and Carlos are very different, but somewhat equal at the same time,” commented Clark. “This is a great opportunity for Willie who has worked very hard for us. It’s also a great opportunity for Carlos who will have to take a ‘one play away’ approach and he also gives us an off the bench option with experience.”
Gonzalez turned in a solid junior season with 15 touchdowns against five interceptions on the year. The then-junior threw for 1,788 yards and set a single-game passing record for the Eagles with a 406-yard outing in a 51-36 loss to Randolph-Macon on November 5.
“At any level of football this position influences the game at the highest level,” said Clark. “With Willie and Carlos and the strong freshmen group we have brought in, I feel we have really stabilized the quarterback position for the Eagles in 2012 and the years to come.”
Clark, Logan, Gonzalez and the rest of the Eagles open the 2012 season on Saturday in Latrobe, Pa. against the St. Vincent Bearcats. Kickoff from Chuck Noll Field is set for 1 p.m.