Out of the Shadows
The coast is clear for Andy Baer, and he’s ready to take on the lion’s share of the gridiron workload at Fargo Davies this fall.
After sharing time with an abundance of seniors in 2015, the running back and linebacker will be taking on more of a significant role in the game plan this season.
“Andy is a versatile, strong, and athletic football player,” says Davies head football coach Jason Thielges. “He played in the shadow of some very good backs this past season and we will now look to him to be a bigger factor in our offensive game plan.”
Playing above and beyond expectations is something Baer learned how to do as a guard on the Davies basketball team last season that won the
EDC and made an unexpected run to the state semifinals. He’s hoping to land a similar result for the Eagles on the football field.
“On offense we have one returning starter,” says Baer. “I see myself as a leader. All around, we’ll have to pick it up and work hard.”
Baer, who scored a pair of touchdowns last season, possesses offensive versatility as a runner and pass catcher. Defensively, he has a knack for getting his helmet on the ball carrier and making a play.
“I love the hitting. It’s the only sport you can knock someone down and feel fine about it,” says Baer.
Can the Davies Eagles, with a host of inexperienced players, show improvement and make a splash in the playoffs this year?
If success is to be found, the leadership and hard-nosed football approach taken by Andy Baer will certainly be one reason why.
We may take some lumps early in the process, but we hope to be a solid contender once the conference schedule starts. On offense we graduated four out of five guys on the line. We return a good portion of our defensive line and linebacker group, so they add experience for us.