After a quarterback carousel of sorts in 2014, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse football team is looking for consistency under center this season.
Four players, including two freshmen, saw game action under center in a 3-7 season.
Senior Trent Cummings was named the starter by head coach Joel Dettwiler to open the 2015 season. He held the starting role in 2014 as well, but suffered a rib injury in a season-opening win over the University of Dubuque.
UW-L started redshirt freshman Colton Peterson the following week against the University of St. Thomas, and then split snaps between freshmen Andrew Thompson and John Tackett in Week 3 against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in the home-opener.
Cummings later returned to start four more games, finishing the season with with a team-leading seven touchdown passes and six interceptions.
As the Eagles rebuild the offense following the departure of leading pass-catcher Tony Bilderback and leading rusher Ben Hertrampf, the importance of having a reliable quarterback goes unsaid. Cummings hopes he can stay healthy enough to win the job.
"I worked really hard over the summer to get my body right, get my body healthy," Cummings said. "I have a lot of faith and all the trust in the world in those young guys, but like you said, I want to finish the season out. I don't want to miss a game. This is my last year, I'm going to give it everything I got."
While Dettwiler said it would be great to have Cummings healthy, he's not overlooking the fact he still has to win the job.
"What's unique though is there's three guys that are breathing down his neck behind him that also like playing, so it's going to be good have that competition too," he said. "We want him to be focused and we want him to be the starter, but we also want him to know that he's got to perform."
UW-L opens the season at home against Luther College on Friday, September 4. You can see the full schedule here.