Athlete of the Week: UMD QB John Larson flourishes in 1st full season

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DULUTH, MN- After a year of being hampered by injuries, UMD quarterback John Larson is finally feeling like his old self.

In the first two games of the season, Larson has thrown for over 500 yards and 6 touchdowns. Including 1 touchdown on the ground.

His recent play has himself feeling more confident.

“Every time I go out there I know I can do what I’ve been doing. Hopefully, continue to do that and I just believe in myself,” said Larson.

Head Coach Curt Wiese says he can see Larson making progress, including differences from last season.

“John’s taken another step as a leader for our football team. I think maturity-wise and confidence. John knows what to do out there. So part of the 2nd half was getting the guys around him to execute well,” said Wiese.

The NSIC conference has taken notice as well, as the junior quarterback from Braham was recently named offensive player of the week for his performance against MSU-Moorhead.

“I put in all that work to work for stuff like that. Week two is over now so I’m not going to dwell on it much. It’s an honor, I’m proud of myself but it’s time to move on to St. Cloud State,” added Larson.

A team that Larson knows very well, as he led the Bulldogs with 3 total touchdowns and 188 yards through the air in a 41-17 victory last season.

But this time around he’s not taking the Huskies lightly.

“They’re going to be fired up to go. We’ve beaten them both times since the bone started so they’re going to want that. It’s going to be a rivalry game. It’s going to be intense and it’s going to be physical,” said Larson.

UMD will host St. Cloud State Saturday at 6:05 pm.

Neil Vierzba

Neil Vierzba

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