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Wesleyan has found a quarterback to succeed Conor Welton, who led the Wolves to the 2008 Class A state football championship and has signed a baseball scholarship with UGA.
The team’s new quarterback will be rising senior Andrew Frerking, a 6-foot-4, 190-pounder who drastically improved on his footwork and technique during Wesleyan’s spring football practice earlier this month.
“Andrew is tall, strong, and very bright,” Wesleyan coach Franklin Pridgen said. “He makes few mistakes and is cool under pressure. He teammates and coaches are extremely comfortable with him at the helm.”
Frerking won’t have as much pressure as most new quarterbacks, as he will be surrounded by two returning All-State players. Offensive lineman David Andrews (6-4, 280) has committed to UGA. ”(Andrews) is one of the most dominant offensive and defensive linemen in the state,” Prigden said. “He will lead our team at the line of scrimmage.”
Tailback Kyle Karempelis (5-8 170) has nearly 3,700 rushing yards and 60 TDs over his career. “(Karempelis) is exposive and tough, and has excellent vision and balance,” Pridgen said. “He’s a rare talent … poised for his best season yet in 2010.”
On defense, the Norcross private school is led by linebacker Merritt Hall (6-1, 205), the two-time region defensive player of the year. Defensive end Brinson Porter (6-4, 210) turned heads last year, starting all 13 games. “(Porter) has excellent technique and intensity … very fast and physical,” Prigden said.
Senior Kevin Brou (5-10, 230), a transfer from Dunwoody, is projected to make an impact on both sides of the ball for the Wolves.
Wesleyan always tries to keep its best athletes on the field at all times, with three key starters — Jordan Pope, Harrison Cheeley, and Drew Widner — asked to go both ways for Wesleyan this year.
Team: Wesleyan Wolves
Spring practice dates: Finished
Last year’s record: 12-1
Starters lost: 10
Head coach: Franklin Pridgen
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