Keydets coach has faith in freshman QB

02 April 2021 20:43:59 GMTPlus10

VMI coach Scott Wachenheim has full confidence in backup quarterback Seth Morgan after he stepped up to replace injured starter Reece Udinski last week.

Morgan will start again for VMI, representing the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, when the Keydets bid to keep their unbeaten run going against East Tennessee State on Saturday.

The redshirt freshman was drafted in when Udinski, who went down with a knee injury but returned to lead VMI to a 38-37 overtime win against Samford on 20th March, was subsequently ruled out for the season.

And Morgan didn't disappoint - going 25-of-34 passing for 375 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions as VMI defeated Wofford 36-31 in thrilling fashion last Saturday.

"Seth plays with no fear of failure, which is what you need in a quarterback," said Wachenheim this week, via Augusta Free Press.

"(He's) a young man that's going to throw it, and he threw it sometimes in some tight windows and trusted his receivers to make the play, and he took off and ran was supposed to, slide when he wasn't supposed to get hit. I love the way he played the game, and he'll get nothing but better."

That victory gave the 5-0 Keydets their highest total of Southern Conference wins since their 1974 SoCon championship team went 5-1 in league play and it guarantees them their first winning season since 1981.

Up to tenth in the latest Stats Perform Top 25, VMI face their sternest test to date with Eastern Tennessee State sitting just behind in second place.

The Buccaneers' star running back Quay Holmes, who ranks in the top 10 of the FCS with 29 touchdowns since beginning his career in 2018, goes up against a Keydets' defense that ranks second in the conference.

ETSU, whose four games this spring have all been decided by seven points or less, are 20/21 to cover the one and a half point spread with the Keydets at 20/23 -1.5 points.

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