Spring Wrap-Up: The Offense

The Grand Valley offense had a lot of new faces on the field this spring. We have the scoop on some of the young talent ready to make their presence felt and the latest on the exiting playmakers set to join the team over the summer.

The Returnees:
Stalwarts Billy Eisenhardt and Sam Allen return to anchor the offensive line, nothing new there. QB Brad Iciek was kept out of the spring game for precautionary reasons, but there isn't an injury there and he will be ready to go. With Iciek out, Marquel Nesman stepped up and showed his athletic ability, giving Laker Nation some confidence that he could do the job of Iciek were to go down.

Must Step Up:
Wide Receivers Ryan Bass and Mike Koster both enjoyed good springs and will need to carry it out over the summer and Fall. Koster in particular has shown the ability to make tough catches. Both are bigger bodied wideouts who can outjump and outmuscle defenders for the ball, something past receivers here have done well.

Ready To Break Out:
Laker fans should be excited about Cameron Bradfield and Tim Lelito on the offensive line. Bradfield is big and one of the most athletic linemen ever to come through Allendale. Lelito split time with track and field in the spring, but when he was in there, he was a mauler and has the inside track at right guard. Chicago product James Hardy also had a good spring up front.

At running back, Gary Fant had an outstanding spring and Lawrence Kimble showed flashes of talent. Kicker Jay Jandasek had a good spring and what was once a concern is now a solid position for the Lakers as all of the special teams performers enjoyed similarly good sessions.

New Faces:
Transfer Jeff Alexander lined up at receiver and running back. He brings a lot of speed to the table, but because of transfer complications, will not be available in the fall. Look for him to contribute at some point down the road though.

Basketball player Nick Freer, a former All-State wide receiver was rusty but has tools. Will he get a chance to show it with all the offensive talent here? That remains to be seen.

Coming Soon:
Touted JUCO transfers P.T. Gates and Jahan Jones will arrive soon. Both are explosive and speedy and will be counted upon to contribute immediately.


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