Wolverine Report “The Roar Will Be Restored” – John Hardell
“The Roar Will be Restored” – John Hardell
Griswold Football Coaches Believe “The Roar Will Be Restored” This Season With the 2016 season clearly in the rearview mirror, Griswold’s offensive coordinator, Ted Koziol, has faith that the Wolverines are ready to flip the script and “surprise everyone this year”. Koziol has coached youth football and is relatively new to the high school scene, going into his sophomore high school season just like his son, starting quarterback Andrew Koziol. Some players from Koziol’s most talented youth team, who were runners up in their super bowl last season, are now freshmen. Of this group of talented freshmen, Koziol believes that freshman Kameron Prosser “should see substantial playing time on both sides of the ball” and that sophomore Michael Sims “should have a breakout season”, he also believes that sophomore Daontae Fontaine will play a role. Although the majority of the varsity squad consists of young guys, they are lead by a capable group of seniors. Among them are Bryce Mileski and Davaughn Luty at the skill positions and Dane Taylor and Zach Thetreault anchoring a line of nearly all juniors and underclassmen. Coach Koziol believes that Griswold’s “roar will be restored” this year, and predicts that the varsity football team will claim a spot in the Class S Playoffs as well as returning the Thanksgiving Day trophy back home. However these goals being lofty, they are not impossible, due in large part to his son, Andrew. Ted has coached his son since he was eight years old and continues to do so, but more from the back seat from a father standpoint. Ted’s former teammate at Ledyard High School and current quarterback coach for Griswold, Tom Bingham has taken the young Koziol under his wing working with the young quarterback to reach his potential. Tom Bingham will be inducted into Ledyard’s hall of fame where he was an All ECC quarterback during his high school days. Andrew Koziol has a great amount of potential, and it’s not entirely due to Griswold’s coaching staff or even his father. This past summer, Andrew attended the Manning Family Passing Academy, put on by Archie, Cooper, and future hall of famers in the NFL, Eli and Peyton Manning. The camp had over 50 division 1 college quarterbacks on staff, Out of all of of these high level quarterbacks, Andrew was paired with Sam Darnold out of USC, the favorite for the Heisman Trophy and projected number 1 draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Andrew also had the opportunity to work with the starting quarterback of Alabama, Jalen Hurts. Personally, I’ve known Ted and Andrew for a large portion of my life. I was coached by Ted when I played youth football and I’ve known Andrew since he was a little kid. I was in attendance for Griswold’s scrimmage against Windham, watching Andrew in particular. What I saw from Andrew was nothing short of astounding, his pocket presence, mobility, and split second decision making are just a few traits that are going to make him a force for the next three years. Griswold’s future is bright, and it starts now.
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