There were eight true freshmen that showed up somewhere on two-deep depth chart UMary released before its 2018 season opener against St. Cloud State on August 30. Wide receiver Danny Kittner was the lone starter but likely won’t be the only newcomer to see the field this year. The Marauders host Craig Bagnell’s former school Bemidji State this week in their home opener. Here are five freshmen to watch heading into Saturday’s contest.
Danny Kittner, wide receiver
Kittner is listed as one of UMary’s four starting wideouts. In his first career game, he had one reception for nine yards. As the Marauders have switched to a spread offense, Kittner is going to see a lot of action this season. The 5-foot-10 Gilbert, Ariz., native is one of the shortest pass catchers on the team but his quickness makes up for that.
Reggie Scott, running back
The Longwood, Fla., native is an athletic back with good vision and patience. Scott had three carries for five yards and one reception for four yards against the SCSU. He’s listed as the backup running back to sophomore Jordan Beaty. Scott is a playmaker and has the ability to break loose for a long run and/or pass.
Max Askew, linebacker
A do-it-all type of linebacker, the Fern Park, Fla., native and showed in high school that he can play at the NSIC level. Askew had 91 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one interception his senior season. He’s a small but stocky player and is backing up sophomore Dylan Anthony on the depth chart. But in Brett Holinka’s 3-4 defense, Askew should see some playing time this season.
Dallas Pena, center
One of the bigger offensive linemen the Marauders have, Pena is a monster up front. The Surprise, Ariz., native needs to work on his quickness but can push a man upfield if need be. Pena is listed behind junior Rory Olson, so I’m not sure how much playing time he’ll see this year. The film I watched of Pena he was playing tackle but if someone does get injured this season, it’ll be interesting to see if Bagnell subs in Pena at a different position. In 2017, Pena won the Offensive Lineman of the Year Award
Chase Kopp, tight end
Kopp saw a little action against the Huskies, which was good considering he’s backing up senior Colton Farmer. The Henderson, Nev., native has good size and height. In high school, Kopp was the kick returner for his team and adds some speed to UMary. He’ll have to work on his blocking skills but learning from a player like Farmer will give him an advantage moving forward with the Marauders.