Baun looks to lead Brown Deer's football team to the top this season
Senior QB leads experienced squad
What can Zack Baun do for an encore?
After rushing for 2,000 yards and passing for 1,000 more last season in leading the Brown Deer football team to a 7-4 record, coach Rob Green feels that the senior quarterback has still not reached his ceiling.
"He's really motivated this year," said Green. "He's mentally stronger and he's built relationships with his receivers. They're very confident with him. In fact, all our skill positions have matured a lot."
Baun had good camps this summer at Wisconsin and Central Michigan.
Green is counting on the large amount of experience surrounding Baun to lift the Falcons to even greater heights this fall.
"From an offensive standpoint, we're moving at a good rate of pace," said Green after last weekend's scrimmage with Kewaskum and Milwaukee Morris-Marshall. "The offensive line is blocking well and the skill position guys are really getting into the flow of the game."
Baun, who had terrific runs with both the state championship basketball team as well as the track squad last school year, will have a lot to work with from a skill position standpoint. Veterans include senior running backs Nick Coleman and David Hubbard and the receivers include junior Nyle Williams and senior Donovan Lucas.
Senior Nick Johnston will be the team's "H" back.
The line will be veteran, too, including three sophomore starters who are now juniors Brendon Semo (guard), Caleb Stampa (center) and Eric Hubbell (tackle). All told, there are eight starters back on offense.
"We have a good maturity and confidence level," said Green. "We're growing up together, because of that we can move at a faster pace because of how comfortable we are together."
On defense, the Falcons are also experienced as as tough-as-nails Jamar Manning will lead the front line and will also get help from fellow senior letterwinner Brian Crowder.
Returning linebackers include senior Kyler Cyiark and junior Jerry McDaniel while the secondary will feature three returning starters led by Lucas, and fellow seniors Maurice Lucre' and Gerry Gilles. There are seven returning starters on defense.
"Overall, we were a young team last year," said Green, "and I think we really grew up in the second half of last season. Those Woodland Conference crossover games (hard losses to Pewaukee and Greendale) forced us to grow up. When we played Greendale again (in a state playoff loss) we played harder and tougher than we did the first time around."
As far as the Woodland Conference Eastern Division goes, the Falcons will aim high and much will ride on that third game of the season against the Falcons' divisional co-favorite South Milwaukee.
"We're physically stronger and faster than we were a year ago," said Green. "We've worked pretty hard on our speed and conditioning. We're going to keep on building and competing. A conference title is always our first goal."
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