ASHLAND, Ore. — Today, the head coach of Southern Oregon University's football team told NewsWatch 12 Sports that former Crater quarterback Matt Struck would take over starting quarterback duties.
Head coach Charlie Hall also said that senior Trent Banner, who started the year as the Raiders QB1, has decided to leave the football program and begin his professional career. Banner was using his extra year of eligibility from the lost COVID season to play this year and had begun graduate studies.
"He and I are very close and we had a long talk about this and what's best for him and his family," Hall said. "He made the best decision. I wish him nothing but the best of luck."
So now the reigns of the offense are in the hands of Struck. A bit of a journeyman in his college career, Struck made stops at Riverside Community College, Idaho State and Missouri State before transferring to SOU.
At Missouri State, the former Comet's most recent stop, Struck started in four games for the Bears in their 2021 spring season. In those games, the team went 3-1 and threw for 499 yards and two touchdowns.
Struck also shared time with Banner in the Raiders week one loss to Rocky Mountain. In that game, Struck went 14-for-30, throwing for 259 yards and a 94-yard pass that set up a touchdown. He also ran in a touchdown, contributing to half of the Raiders' 28 points. His work in practice and that game has instilled confidence in Coach Hall to trust Struck with the SOU offense.
"He's certainly a talented quarterback," Hall said after practice Tuesday. "He's got a really good arm. He's got a great head on his shoulders cause he's been in a lot of different programs that have played at a high level. And I just think he's gonna get better and better as he gets more reps."
There's still no word on where or when the Raiders are going to play what should be their first home game against Montana State-Northern that was postponed from last week because of smoke in Ashland. Be sure to follow @KDRVSports on Twitter for immediate updates.