State Colleges

Pease does it all for Blue Dragons

It's not necessarily fair to call Hutchinson Community College's Angelo Pease a dual-threat quarterback.

Triple- or quadruple-threat quarterback would probably be more fitting.

"For a long time as a coach, I lived in fear of putting the quarterback at unnecessary risk," Rhoades said. "But the most important thing is to figure out a way to get the ball in his hands. And (Pease) embraced the idea. He loves it."

Pease, a 5-foot-11, 210-pound sophomore, is in his second year as the starting quarterback for the Blue Dragons, who are 3-0 and ranked No. 8 in the NJCAA headed into Saturday's game at Highland.

Last season, the former Kansas State signee from Cario, Ga., threw for 1,101 yards and six touchdowns to go with 293 yards rushing and six touchdowns. Hutchinson finished the year with a victory in the Salt City Bowl and a No. 13 national ranking.

"Things seem a lot easier this year, because that knowledge of the offense was already inside me," Pease said. "I also felt like last year I wasn't as much of a leader as I should have been; and this year, I want to be in that role. I want to be a great leader."

This year, along with his quarterback duties, he's also been lining up at running back and as a kickoff returner. In anticipation of the many roles Pease would have to play, Rhoades kept another out-of-state quarterback on the Blue Dragons' roster in freshman Elliott Alford, who has thrown for 384 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions this season.

"I think we're probably a little more cohesive across the board this year," Rhoades said. "And a lot of it has to do with the quarterback coming back."

Pease has rushed for 224 yards and two touchdowns to go with 231 yards passing, five touchdowns and no interceptions this season. Last Saturday, he had a career-high three touchdown passes in a win over Air Force Prep.

"I haven't passed like that in a minute," Pease said. "I feel like I can run and pass... I always keep the mindset of a quarterback."

Pease also said K-State remains his school of choice — no matter what position he ends up playing.

"K-State is still my No. 1 school," Pease said. "I've talked to the coaches recently, and I feel like we've got a really good relationship. If they want me to play quarterback, that would be great; but I'll play wherever they think I can best help the team."