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Quarterbacks Preview

August 24, 2009


A healthy Zach Amedro returns for his third season as the starting quarterback at West Liberty University and offensive coordinator Gary Krol believes the record-setting signalcaller is primed for a big season.

      “People don’t realize that Zach played hurt last year and still put up pretty good numbers,” Krol said. “He’s healthy now and has just had an outstanding preseason camp. We’ve given him a lot more freedom to get us into the right play at the line this year and he’s really been impressive. This is his third year in the program and he’s also stepping up as more of a leader for the team. We’re definitely looking for a big year from Zach.”

      Amedro (6-0, 190), a junior from Moundsville, W.Va. who began his college career at NCAA Division I-AA power Appalachian State before transferring closer to home, already has his name all over the Hilltopper record book after just 21 career games.

      The heady QB has passed for 5,730 yards in his first two seasons –  the highest total of any quarterback in WVIAC history – and needs less than 1,600 yards this fall to break West Liberty’s career records for passing yards and total offense. He has 8 career 300-yard passing games, 2 career 400-yard passing games and capped his freshman season by setting the school single-game record of 518 passing yards in a 70-43 blowout of Seton Hill.

      The Hilltoppers have the luxury of a proven backup behind Amedro as Nate Worek (6-2, 205), a sophomore from Fairfax, Va., was 2-0 in games he started a year ago when Amedro was sidelined by injuries. Worek completed 15-of-24 passes on the season for 220 yards and a pair of touchdowns. More of a running threat than Amedro, Worek is highly regarded by the staff for his decision-making and ability to take care of the football.

      Krol is also excited about the three new faces at the quarterback position this fall. The three freshmen have all made positive impressions during the preseason and are off to a good start making the transition from high school to college.

      Tyler Tucci (6-2, 190) was the Ohio Division VI Player of the Year in football and the Ohio Division IV Player of the Year in basketball as a senior at Malvern (Ohio) High School last year. The talented newcomer was also taking reps at wide receiver during camp.

      Ryley Wright (6-1, 190) hails from Oakville, Ont. and transferred to West Liberty after sitting out a redshirt season at the University of Windsor in Canada a year ago. Also a run/pass threat, he was the Ontario Varsity Football League Quarterback of the Year during his high school days and quarterbacked Team Ontario in the Canada Cup.

      Chris Kiedaisch (6-3, 160) is a strong-armed local product from The Linsly School who holds all of the Cadets’ passing records and ranked among the top Class A quarterbacks in West Virginia last fall.

      “All in all, I think we have a very talented group of quarterbacks,”  Krol said. “I like the talent we have on the field and I like what we have in the pipeline.”


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