Talented receiving core returns for UWL

LA CROSSE, WI - The UW-La Crosse football team will have a different look on offense in 2019.  Head coach Mike Schmidt took over as offensive coordinator after former offensive coordnator Isaac Fruechte left the program last month. 

Schmidt and the Eagles return 5 seniors at the receiver position, including first team All-WIAC selection Cole Spieker (42 receptions, 867 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns in 2018).

The receiving core caught 22 touchdown passes last season.  Schmidt said he is looking for them to do the heavy lifting again this fall to help out first year starting quarterback Evan Lewandowski.

"That speaks volumes to our culture that we have five seniors at a spot where everybody wants the ball.  Those are a bunch of great players.  Spieker and Dominic Labellarte are two of the best playmakers on the outside.  And if you look at our conference last year, one of the best playmakers and the guy with the ball in their hands was Jake Simuncak.  The more we can get those guys the ball, let them do their thing on the outside," Schmidt said.

"I think this year, returning most of our offense.  Cole Spieker is back, Dom Labellarte, Devonte Amos, we have a lot of guys coming back.   Now I think we are a lot older, a veteran presence on offense.  I think that will hone in our skills on offense and everyone else," junior Jake Simuncak said.       

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