Everything about Penn football is big. Big numbers and big players arrive every year in camp. Nothing new there.
In 2014, the Kingsmen will have a full-sized quarterback, too.
Aug. 22: Valparaiso
Aug. 29: at Portage
Sept. 5: at Elkhart Central
Sept. 12: at Fort Wayne Snider
Sept. 19: South Bend Clay
Sept. 26: at South Bend Washington
Oct. 3: South Bend St. Joseph
Oct. 10: at South Bend Riley
Oct. 17: Mishawaka
Camden Bohn, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound junior, is ready to step in and take over for Zach Oakley, who led the Penn offense for all or most of three seasons. A seasoned offensive line with four regulars — Payne McCaskill, Ridge Tarwacki, Ben Mackowski and Max Bernard — should help to make life easier for the new quarterback.
Head coach Cory Yeoman shares his thoughts on three key elements to success for his club, which reached the Class 6A semistate last fall:
“Camden has worked extremely hard, really honed his craft,” Yeoman said. “He sat behind a great one in Zach Oakley, he watched, he listed and learned. He saw a great one doing it.
“Now, he’s not what Zach is and Zach is not what he is. But he’s a big kid, taller than Zach and he’s heavier. He has a burst as well. And he understands coverages and what it takes to be a quarterback.”
Towing the Line
"What’s nice is those guys up front, knowing those guys are going to protect him in the passing game,” Yeoman said. “They seen a lot of game time and that’s huge. Plus, we have some weapons like (Tyler) Carpenter, (Tim) Pletcher, Inoke (Maola) and Nate Miller. They’ll help with the process.”
Defending the Turf
"We lost the whole back end of our secondary. We’ve got some kids along the defensive line, a Kobe Woods, Zach Main, Ben Knutson at defensive end,” Yeoman said. “And at linebacker we’ve got Kyle Treber back, who’s a heck of a leader, Chase Osborn, who has an outstanding work ethic.”
Bill Beck is The Elkhart Truth sports editor. Follow him on Twitter @eTruthsports