2010 Scouting Report: Hudson Explorers

2010 Scouting Report: Hudson Explorers

Hudson Explorers

Head coach: Tom Narducci, 15 years, 92-64.
Last year: 8-2, 4-1.
Postseason assignment: Division I, Region 2
Returning lettermen: 9

Shoes to fill: Hudson lost 32 Seniors to graduation, including quarterback Richie Piekarski and wide receiver Gabe Adams. The squad has just 2 starters back.

Difference makers: Narducci knows he’s got a good running back in Joey Studer, who rushed for 250 yards and a score last year. He also knows he’s got a two-headed monster at quarterback in Ben Gedeon and David Nelson. 

Top newcomers: Hudson sophomore Ben Gedeon is listed as a quarterback and linebacker, but coach Tom Narducci prefers to call him "The Answer."  "Need a quarterback, running back, defensive back, linebacker, cover rusher? We have Ben," Narducci said. "He's 6-3, about 210 pounds and he's a real specimen."  Gedeon is sharing snaps under center with 5-10, 154-pound junior David Nelson so don't be surprised if Hudson takes advantage of a two-quarterback system. "It won't be a platooning thing, rather we'll utilize what each does best depending on the situation," Narducci said. "Both can run and pass and are very good on defense. In fact, David's one of our best safeties."

Final analysis: The Spread offense should be effective thanks to the likes of Nelson, Studer and Gedeon and a talented and big front line which includes Matt Moleski-Belski, TE/DE, Sr., 6-2, 202; Will Elffers, C, Sr., 6-0, 225; Sean Hoover, DT/OG, Sr., 5-10, 220; Steve Nagy, OG/DT, Jr., 6-0, 222; and Quaison Osborne, OT, Jr., 6-4, 327.  But, the loss of 32 seniors, in particular quarterback Richie Piekarski and wide receiver Gabe Adams, will be hard to replace. An inexperienced defense will need to mature quickly.

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