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Hillsdale College Football Welcomes Freshman Class of 2018

Hillsdale College Football Welcomes Freshman Class of 2018

The Hillsdale College football program is excited to announce the addition of 23 student-athletes on the occasion of 2018 National Signing Day Wednesday afternoon. Head coach Keith Otterbein is expected to add more players to next year's roster over the course of the next several weeks.

This year's class is highlighted by a set of high school teammates as well as two players who are younger brothers of current Charger players.

Kyle Kudla and Max Torbert, teammates at Avon High School in Ohio, will remain teammates as Chargers, both signing with Hillsdale. Current Charger players Chance Stewart and Martin Petersen will welcome younger brothers Brecken Stewart and Shannon Petersen to the squad in 2018. The Stewarts hail from nearby Sturgis, Michigan, while Shannon Petersen will play for his hometown team.

Players from nine different states are represented in this year's signing day class. The class carries an average high school grade point average of 3.79.

"Our players know coming in, they have to be students first," said Hillsdale College head coach Keith Otterbein. "These guys will be challenged in the classroom as well as on the football field, but as a coaching staff, we're excited to see how this group rises to those challenges."

Ideally, most, if not all incoming players will be redshirted in their first year. But occasionally, true freshmen will see the field, and in 2017, a handul of players from the 2017 signing day class made a positive impact on the field for the Chargers. Defensive back Anthony Humm played his way into a starting role midway through the season. Wide receiver Konnor Maloney became an emerging prospect at his position, and caught 6 passes for 194 yards and 2 touchdowns last year, an impressive 32.3 yards per catch. Maloney is also competing for the Charger men's track team and has become a strong member of its relay teams.

Punter Jack Shannon stepped into a starting role right away when he arrived last year and averaged 38 yards per punt as a true freshman.

The 2018 season kicks off at home for Hillsdale as it welcomes Mercyhurst in a non-league contest at 7:00 Saturday night, September 1. The Chargers finished 7-4 in their first season in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in 2017, and recorded three shutouts, most in one season in 22 years.

The list below will expand as more players are added to the freshman class of #Team126. 


Joe Bentley QB 6-2 190 Ithaca, MI/Ithaca Terry Hessbrook
Nick Crum DB 6-1 172 Grafton, OH/Midview DJ Shaw
Mason Dooley DB 5-10 155 Beach City, TX/Barbers Hill Tom Westerberg
Ben Gendics WR/DB 5-8 155 Grafton, OH/Midview DJ Shaw
Nicholas Goerss LB 6-4 200 Commerce Twp., MI/Orchard Lake St. Mary's George Porritt
Jacob Hamilton OL 6-2 265 Grove City, OH/Grove City Tennyson Varney
Jacob Hickey H-back 6-2 195 Troy, MI/Birmingham Brother Rice Adam Korzeniewski
Luke Keller QB 6-2 190 Zionsville, IN/Guerin Catholic Tom Dilley
Bryan Kelly LB 6-0 215 Schererville, IN/Lake Central Tony Bartolomeo
Andrew Kendzicky DB 5-11 180 Ann Arbor, MI/Gabriel Richard Thomas Michalsen
Ian Kenrick DB 5-10 170 Howell, MI/Hartland Brian Savage
Colton Krueger LB 5-11 215 Rhinelander, WI/Rhinelander Christopher Ferge
Kyle Kudla LB 6-0 215 Avon, OH/Avon Mike Elder
Nathan LaFree LB 5-10 215 Plymouth, IN/Plymouth John Barron
Nick Lolli OL 6-1 255 Georgetown, KY/Scott County Jim McKee 
Garrett McKenzie DT 6-1 240 Washington, MI/Lutheran North Ryan Wesley
Cade Mercer WR 6-2 180 Colleyville, TX/Covenant Christian Barry Morgan
Kyle Nyboer H-back 6-0 210 Grandville, MI/Grandville Eric Stiegel
Min-Ho Park DL 6-2 290 La Palma, CA/John F. Kennedy Sean Clark 
Hunter Penkal TB 5-9 190 Greenville, OH/Bradford Chris Hawk 
Joshua Peroni DB 5-10 175 Chardon, OH/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin Andrew Mooney
Shannon Petersen TE 6-2 205 Hillsdale, MI/Hillsdale Marc Lemerand
Ryan Sellars H-back 6-1 224 Morrow, OH/Little Miami Ben Hubbard
Brecken Stewart TE 6-4 210 Sturgis, MI/Sturgis Jimmy Lamb
Kevin Stucker QB 6-2 195 Franklin, IN/Whiteland Darrin Fisher
William Syrus WR 6-2 175 Fishers, IN/Fishers Rick Wimmer
Kendall Tobin DL 6-4 250 Oro Valley, AZ/Pusch Ridge Christian Academy Jerry Harris 
Max Torbert DL 6-2 225 Avon, OH/Avon Mike Elder
Jarris Wade TB 6-2 215 Oklahoma City, OK/Putnam City North Bob Wilson