Stoudt makes a new path at Iowa Western

As a prep, current Iowa Western QB Zack Stoudt (6-5, 234) was a sought-after prospect, but three years later, he's now blazing a new path with a second-year JUCO football program. caught up with the talented signal-caller whose father played for over a decade in the NFL and he updated us on why he left Louisville and what he's hoping to accomplish in his new surroundings...

At Dublin (Oh.) Coffman High School, Stoudt had offers from several MAC and Big East schools and opted to sign with Louisville after a protracted recruitment.

However when head coach Steve Kragthorpe was let go by the Cardinal last fall, he saw the writing on the wall.

"When coach (Charlie) Strong came in, he was bringing in the spread offense and I wasn't one of his guys, so I knew I was probably going to have to leave," Stoudt admitted to recently. "He was actually very helpful to me and made some calls. I got hooked up with Iowa Western because they were a new program and they said they liked to throw the ball around a lot, so I thought it was the best situation for me."

Stoudt's father, Cliff, was a quarterback in the NFL and USFL from 1977 to 1991, before retiring and his son said he couldn't have been a better father.

"My dad never once made me go throw the ball or play or practice," Stoudt said. "He was great that way because I've seen a lot of guys whose dads pushed them too hard and they ended up hating football.

"I love the game and I love it that I can go to him and ask him things and he knows what I'm talking about and because of his experience he can help guide me."

Recruiting is currently in its infancy for Stoudt, but he's still heard from several MAC schools including Toledo, Ohio and Akron.

"Honestly, schools haven't seen me throw for over two years, that's why I wanted to come to a Iowa Western instead of transferring to a four-year school," Stoudt said. "It's been so long since I played in a game, I want to show people what I can do and that I haven't lost it as a quarterback."

Stoudt will finish up his AA degree in December and he plans to sign then and enroll at a new school in January with two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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