KEARNEY, Neb. --- Can new coach Josh Lynn do what former coach Josh Lamberson could not do, namely turn the Loper football program around?
Loper faithful felt coach Lamberson was on the right track with the program, though it didn't show right away in victories. Other than linebacker Tyke Kozeal, t he leading tackler in Loper history, UNK had few play makers.
Their starting quarterback, who was out all of the 2015 season with a knee injury, was given the keys to the kingdom to begin the 2016 season.
Red shirt freshman Steve Worthing was that quarterback, but he was benched at times during the season, then suffered a concussion that knocked him out of the last two games. He threw for 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions completing 54% of his passes.
Is he the play maker the new coach will need? It will be his third year on campus and he'll be a sophomore.
Where can coach Lynn find game breakers among his receivers and running backs? He'll certainly need the given the talent across the board in the MIAA, said to be by some the best conference in Division II College football.
How about the defense which will no longer have Kozeal, the Sargent product that was the best player on a losing team the past two seasons.
Those questions, of course, will not be answered for awhile, and with a new coach and several new assistants, it looks as if the Loper football team will be a work in progress for quite some time to come.