After going through five quarterbacks in eight games last season, Gallaudet Coach Mike Lishack has finally dedcided on one man to lead this team after two dreadful years.
"Jerry Belew goes into practice as our staring quarterback," Lishack said. "He played our last three games last season with some success. He's short on ability but very long on guts. He never, ever quits."
It's going to take someone with Belew's determination to improve on Gallaudet's 1-7 record last year. The only team the Bison defeated was North Carolina-Wilmington. Lishack thinks his team is more experienced now and should win several games.
He has 33 lettermen returning -- maybe.
"If all the guys show up that we had at the end of last season, we'll be a lot better," Lishack said. "We only lost five seniors but a lot of (unpreventable) things happen here at Gallaudet (the world's largest liberal arts school for the deaf) that might not happen at other small schools.
"Each year a few kids decide to transfer to another deaf school -- one with more technical training or something. One of those kids might be your starting fullback or quarterback."
Lishack says he has no chance of losing senior linebacker Bob Bailey, a 230-pounder who last year was a small-college All-America at fullback.
"He's too big to play fullback for us now," Lisback said.
Tight end Andy Boneyo, who caught 46 passes last season, may be Belew's only target. "We don't know who will be at wide receiver," Lishack said.
At tailback in the Gallaudet slot-I-formation will be Kevin Milner, who gained 240 yards in two games last year before breaking his hand twice. Former starting quarterback Mike Paulone has been switched to starting free safety.