State of Sports: Three burning questions surrounding UNH football


Mar. 29—Spring practice kicked off for the University of New Hampshire football team Wednesday morning. The Wildcats have spring 15 workouts scheduled, concluding with the team’s Blue/White game on Friday, April 26 (7 p.m.).

Spring practice began with plenty of uncertainty. Here are three questions the Wildcats need to answer as they prepare for the 2024 season:

1. Who will be the starting quarterback?

QB Max Brosmer could have returned to UNH, but opted to transfer to the University of Minnesota, where he was recently named a team captain. The three returning QBs — Matt Festa, Barry Kleinpeter and Matt Vezza — have very little game experience.

UNH also added senior Seth Morgan, who transferred from Division II Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and is the most experienced QB on the roster. Morgan spent the first two years of his collegiate career at Virginia Military Institute, where he was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year. He completed 239 of 364 passes for 2,970 yards and 24 touchdowns with 11 interceptions for Shepherd last season.

“This is the biggest thing we need to get sorted out,” UNH coach Rick Santos said following Wednesday’s practice. “I think it’s a true open QB competition.

“Right now Matt Vezza, Seth Morgan and Barry Kleinpeter are splitting reps with the (first-team offense) and rotating around, and then Matt Festa is someone with a ton of talent who just isn’t quite there yet.

“Vezza’s your typical dual-threat guy. He can really hurt you with his legs. For him, it’s just that he’s still a freshman and hasn’t had many reps, hasn’t had many opportunities. With Brosmer last year he took almost every single practice rep. He needed that to feel super confident going into a game, so there weren’t many reps to go around.

“Kleinpeter is really athletic. Whether he’s the…

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Author : New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester

Publish date : 2024-03-29 22:46:00

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