|Josh Jackson in 2014 Playoff game for Saline | Source: Jeff Corrion / The D Zone|
Trent Theisen - 2015 and Josh Jackson - 2016
- The Saline Hornets have platooned between the 2 QB's. Theisen led the Hornets to a 9-2 record last year, the only 2 losses were to Bedford who lost in the Regional playoff game. In 2013, Josh Jackson had transferred from Ann Arbor Huron so couldn't play for Saline. The two QB's each have shared a possession to start the game and the hotter hand goes the rest of the game, which has formed an interesting dynamic for the Hornets who have won 12 games in a row.
Both QB's are built for the spread and have the mobility and arm to execute their offense. Through 13 games Josh Jackson is 107/159 for 1,626 yards and 16 touchdowns plus 2 interceptions. Trent Theisen is 72/110 for 1,038 yards and 13 touchdowns plus 4 interceptions. On the ground, Jackson has rushed for 701 yards on 93 attempts and scored 9 touchdowns. Theisen has rushed for 234 yards on 42 attempts and scored 5 touchdowns
Despite Jackson not showing up in the box score vs. Cass Tech he still was responsible for moving the chains pretty consistently on Saturday. Jackson was accurate on all but 1 pass that was intercepted by Cass Tech. Saline could go back to the platoon strategy for the Clarkston game but it will be tough to keep the ball away from Jackson, still pretty fresh off of his 6 touchdown performance vs. Canton the week earlier.
|DJ Zezula in 2013 State Finals game | Source: Ken Dettloff / The D Zone|
DJ Zezula - 2015
- DJ Zezula took over the Quarterback position completely as a Junior last year and commanded the Clarkston offense that led the Wolves to a Division 1 State Championship. Zezula accomplished a lot while at Clarkston and will go down as one of the top OAA QB's in history. As a Sophomore, Zezula had a big time completion to move the chains and a few players later Clarkston scored to defeat Lake Orion, in a battle of unbeatens and more recently Zezula threw for over 2,300 yards and 19 touchdowns in 14 games last year to lead Clarkston to the Division 1 Championship. Zezula is a smooth dual threat QB who equally hurts defenses with his arms and legs.
Through 13 games, DJ Zezula is 101/151 for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns plus 3 interceptions. On the ground, Zezula has rushed for 745 yards on 120 carries for 14 touchdowns.
Clarkston was a heavy favorite in mostly every game they played in this year and won a majority of their games comfortably. The running game of Clarkston has been so dominant this year that the statsheet and scorelines are relatively low. Zezula will look to make the Saline defense off balance.
|Trent Theisen in 2013 Regular Season game | Source: Jeff Corrion / The D Zone|
- Teams have slept pretty hard on DJ Zezula. The precise throwing dual threat QB only holds a preferred walk-on from Michigan State but really should be getting last minute D1-FBS and FCS looks this Winter.
- As a Freshman at Huron, Josh Jackson was offered by the previous staff at EMU but the new staff didn't hold the offer. Jackson will be busy this offseason looking for a "new first offer."
- Trent Theisen is signed to play Baseball at Ball State as a Catcher.