Munson Eager To Start

Chad Munson is locked in a battle for the starting quarterback job with fellow senior Jon Drach and Coach Darnell should make a decision on a starter as early as today. Munson spent the entire offseason working on his conditioning and strength training and it seems to be paying off for the Bronco offense.

Munson splashed on the scene a year ago when he relieved Drach and threw four touchdown passes in a convincing win over Indiana State on Communiversity night. Munson enjoyed an up and down season in his first on the major college level finishing with 2,160 yards passing and throwing 14 touchdown passes coupled with 17 interceptions. With a suspect offensive line and only a few weeks to prepare, Munson was not able to move the offense like he had hoped but he is looking for that to change this year.

Armed with a significantly improved offensive line, a bevy of experience at the skill positions and a full offseason of training, Munson is ready for a breakout year. Not known for a strong weight room work ethic, Munson made significant strides over the summer.

"I talked to [Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Bob]Vezeau a lot and I wanted to work on my quickness and foot speed a lot," said Munson. "I did a lot of extra work on that. I've done a lot more weight lifting than I've ever done but I just tried to go above and beyond with the speed work. I am about the same height and weight but I feel some much better than a year ago."

Munson was one of many players that decided to stay in Kalamazoo this past summer rather than return home.

"Last year I went home and this year we had probably 20 more guys stay here to work on conditioning, speed work and lifting," he added. "I was here all summer and went home for a little bit before fall camp when we could not be here lifting."

The work is apparent while watching the Broncos this fall. There is a renewed enthusiasm in practice and an eagerness to learn from the players that was absent a season ago. One unit that Munson singles out right away if his offensive line.

"The big thing for us is that we have so many veterans on the offense," he said. "Our offensive line is doing an awesome job. Since we've come to camp those guys have known what they've needed to do."

The progress the offense is showing this fall is a continuation of what was accomplished this past spring where the Broncos enjoyed a very successful spring camp.

"As far as the offense goes, we pretty much have the whole offense in," said Munson. "Spring ball really set us up for coming into camp. We really had an awesome spring camp. Everybody that is playing this year was already here and already went through it all and installation for camp was easy. Now we're just working the kinks out and adjustments here and there."

A significant factor in the progress the team made this past spring is the new indoor Seelye Facility, according to Munson.

"We got way more done, way more," said Munson emphatically. "You could go out there not caring about the weather and stay focused. Especially with me being from a warm climate it was great (laughing)."

With the departure of Quarterbacks Coach Dan Enos to North Dakota State in the spring, Munson is adjusting to a new position coach. Charley Molnar has stepped in and won the respect on the quarterbacks in a hurry.

"Coach Molnar likes the vertical stretches down the field, which I like," added Munson with a smile.

Regardless of who is named the starter, both Munson and Jon Drach will be ready to lead what appears to be a much improved Bronco offense. The reality of big time college football is that a backup is one play away from being in the game and the Broncos are in good hands having two players that are capable of running the offense at a high pace.

"Jon and I are both working hard," said Munson when asked about his thoughts on the starting job. "We're both going to make the decision hard on Coach. Jon doesn't want to give it up and I don't want to give it up."

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