– The Georgetown University football team has wrapped up its preseason camp and is working hard to prepare for the 2018 season. As the Hoyas get ready for the opener at Marist College on Sept. 1, GUHoyas.com will take an in-depth look at each of the team's position groups, with this edition featuring the quarterbacks.
The Blue & Gray has five quarterbacks on the roster for the 2018 season. While sophomore Joseph Brunell
(Jacksonville, Fla. / Episcopal School of Jacksonville) will miss the year due to an injury suffered in the spring, there is a strong competition among the other four quarterbacks.
"They competed their butts off this camp," said Georgetown Assistant Coach Adam Neugebauer
, who works with the team's quarterbacks. "Each of them brings something different to the table, and they have all lived up to the hype. They have all competed and been coachable and gotten better every day."
The Hoyas bring back their top starter from a year ago in Gunther Johnson
(Anthem, Ariz. / Boulder Creek / Arizona), who took over as the primary quarterback in the fifth game of the season, his first on the Hilltop after transferring from the University of Arizona. The dual-threat quarterback passed for 1,026 yards and four touchdowns while also leading the Hoyas in rushing with 258 yards and four touchdowns.
"Last year, Gunther didn't get many reps in camp," Neugebauer said. "He was fresh into the system and then we just threw him out there. This year, he has come in with a lot more experience and has shown a lot more composure. His leadership skills have increased and the team his rallying behind him. We are very impressed and excited to see where he is going to take us."
Senior Jowan Watson
(Miami, Fla. / Gulliver Prep) and freshman Lorenzo Linsey
(Monticello, Ky. / Wayne County) will continue to compete for the top spot behind Johnson as the season goes on.
"Jowan is a senior who has been through a lot in his career here," Neugebauer said. "He is the smartest quarterback we have. He is a very hard worker and is the first one to arrive for meetings and the last one to leave. He has had very good leadership skills since day one. That's just who he is.
"Lorenzo is everything you want in a quarterback in terms of physical attributes. He's already the biggest quarterback we have as a freshman. He's very, very coachable and he watches the most film of anyone on the team, not just the quarterbacks.. We are going to work on his mechanics a little bit, but he has a really strong arm and is a great leader and a great person. He is always smiling when he is out there."
Freshman Jack Elliott
(Blue Bell, Pa. / Springside Chestnut Hill Academy), who joined the Hoya roster late this summer, will also battle to see the field.
"Jack came to us a little bit later," said Neugebauer. "He is very smart and knows exactly where to go with the football. We definitely want to get him stronger in the weight room so he can make some of the throws that are needed at this level, but we are very excited to have Jack in the program."
The Hoyas open the 2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 1 at Marist. Kickoff in Poughkeepsie, New York is scheduled for 1 p.m. The Blue & Gray will play its home opener at Cooper Field the following weekend, hosting Campbell on Sept. 8 for a 12:30 p.m. matchup.
Tickets are now available for the 2018 football season. Only a very limited number of tickets are being made available for this year's games due to construction on the west side of Cooper Field. Purchase in advance to guarantee your admission on game day. For the full schedule and to purchase tickets, as well as information on directions and parking, please visit WeAreGeorgetown.com/football.