Maple Leafs quarterback Jason Brucher back behind the snap, ready for season
Geneseo’s Jason Brucher hopes recent changes to the lineup will be a good thing for him and the Maple Leafs.
After spending the early part of his career at quarterback, then switching to receiver, Brucher is back where he started and hoping for the kind of dream ending he has always imagined.
“This off-season, I was set on being a receiver, and I was fine with that,” Brucher told the Dispatch-Argus. “Then, Isaiah (Rivera) decided to concentrate on his basketball and the coaches came to me to take over. For me, you could put me anywhere and I think I can help the team.”
Rivera was the Maple Leafs’ starting quarterback last year and his decision not to play football this season put Brucher back into the position of signal-caller for Coach Larry Johnsen Jr.’s offense.
Brucher, who has already committed to Central Missouri to play baseball, is confident he’s up to the challenge despite not having played quarterback since his freshmen season.
“I grew up running the offense and I know what is going on,” he said. “I feel comfortable I can make the calls, make the reads and know where everyone is supposed to be. I know the offense, I know what we want to do with every play and I know my surroundings. I can command the huddle and I believe the guys believe in me.”
Brucher’s confidence has Johnsen liking the Maple Leaf’s chances this season.
“It is his time and I have confidence in how he will handle it,” he said.