Angelo Pease talks future plans

In his second year at Hutchinson Community College, Angelo Pease has asserted himself as the do-it-all player for the Blue Dragon offense. He's been used by 'Hutch' head coach Rion Rhoades as the quarterback, running back, and kick returner. Currently he ranks No. 8 in the NJCAA in rushing and has helped his team to a 4-0 start and No. 3 national ranking. Pease talked in-depth about the future...

"If I would have gone straight to Division 1 from high school, I don't think I'd be as prepared to make the next step as I am now," Angelo Pease said. "It's going to help make the transition a whole lot smoother."

Pease, 5-11, 215, passed for 1,100 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for an additional 293 yards and six touchdowns in 2009 as a freshman for Hutch. He was named '09 All-Conference (Jayhawk) honorable mention in leading the Blue Dragons to a No. 13 final ranking and victory in the Salt City Bowl.

"My strength at quarterback is using my athletic ability to buy time for the receivers to get open," Pease said. "I'm always studying film and improving on my reads and making better decisions with the ball."

Pease has been using his legs more than his arm as a sophomore. He has 56 carries for 452 yards (8.1 yards per carry) and six touchdowns. In the passing game he is 10-for-19 for 231 yards and five touchdowns. Recently he was named Verizon/Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Week rushing for 228 yards on 16 carries and scoring four touchdowns in a 49-16 win over Highland.

"I want to play quarterback," Pease said. "It's the position I'm most comfortable with and I've been playing since back in midget ball. If the coach needs me to play somewhere else, I want to do what it takes to help the team."

Pease committed to the Kansas State program first in February of 2009 out of Cairo High School in Georgia. After two years at Hutch he's ready to become a Wildcat.

"I committed to them out of high school, and last year I re-commited," Pease said. "It's always where I wanted to be. After mt first visit up there I fell in love with the place and the coaches. I stay in close contact with Coach (Dana) Dimel. I haven't had a chance to go for a game this year because we play on Saturdays, but I'm on track to finish up at Hutch in December so I can join the team in January."

Last season the Wildcats added Matthew Pearson, Mike Powell, and Adam Davis from the Hutchinson program. This year they are bringing in both Pease and teammate Meshak Williams from the Blue Dragon roster.

"My first goal when I get to K-State is win a starting job," Pease said. "My second goal is to do all I can to help the team get better. My third goal is to win a Big 12 championship. My final goal is play in the BSC National Championship game."

While the Wildcats have a bye week before the Nebraska game, Peace and the Blue Dragons will play Ft. Scott on October 2nd. With the big 'Hutch' on the front of the jersey, Pease wears No. 2 and will likely have the ball in his hands a lot when it's Blue Dragon ball.

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