Archive

ShareThis Page
Knoch graduate Bruggeman displays versatility at D-II Alderson Broaddus | TribLIVE.com
District College

Knoch graduate Bruggeman displays versatility at D-II Alderson Broaddus

Tribune-Review
| Sunday, November 9, 2014 9:32 p.m.
ptrBruggeman110914
submitted
Former Knoch standout Dakota Bruggeman’s versatility makes him a valuable asset to the Alderson Broaddus football team.
ptrBruggeman2110914
submitted
Dakota Bruggeman

If football were to ever label a single player as a utility man, former Knoch football standout and Alderson Broaddus quarterback Dakota Bruggeman would fit that definition.

“He has good size and athleticism and could probably play six different positions in our program,” Alderson Broaddus coach Dennis Creehan said. “We look for great things from Dakota as he matures in our program.”

Bruggeman’s maturation process began when he grabbed his tool box and decided to travel two hours south to Philippi, W.Va., to continue his football playing career.

The Battlers were in need of unique, multi-faceted athletes like the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Bruggeman. When Bruggeman, now a sophomore, arrived on campus his freshman year, the Alderson Broaddus football program only had been in existence for one season and needed to fill the roster with players who could play multiple positions.

“We don’t have a history or anything, so we’re kind of a work in progress,” Bruggeman said.

A Division II school, Alderson Broaddus (6-3) competes in the Great Midwestern Athletic Conference. Like the Alderson Broaddus football program, the G-MAC is only in its third year as a Division II conference.

“When I was being recruited, coach (Dennis) Creehan said I could be a part of something special,” Bruggeman said.

After putting in some spot duty at quarterback last season as a freshman, Bruggeman was edged out for the nod at starting quarterback early in the season by fellow sophomore Wilson Vaughn.

“Obviously, I’m disappointed with how I played, but I’ve always been a player who put the team first,” said Bruggeman about losing the quarterback competition.

Despite the minor setback, Bruggeman is still on track to accomplish the goals he set his freshman year.

“(My) goals were first to get some playing time, understand the offense, and be able to execute it,” said Bruggeman who holds a 3.3 GPA as a nursing major.

With his knowledge of the offense from a quarterback’s point-of-view and his experience at playing wide receiver in high school, Bruggeman asked his coaches if he could get on the field at the wide receiver position.

“Knowing where the receivers should be, where I would want the ball to be and I can relate to how wide receivers feel about running routes,” said Bruggeman about the benefits of playing wide receiver but from a quarterback’s perspective. “I know how to read the defense.”

Although he played defense during his high school days, Bruggeman has no plans to volunteer to play on that side of the ball. Instead, Bruggeman again told his coaches that he could also punt.

He has a 36-yard average, with his longest punt being 50-yards, so far this season.

“Dakota is a great kid and a very versatile athlete,” Creehan said.

William Whalen is a freelance writer.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.