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QU Football: Comfort factor in Lonergan's corner

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Nick Lonergan will take the QU reigns for his first full campaign under center after a promising redshirt freshman season. Nick Lonergan will take the QU reigns for his first full campaign under center after a promising redshirt freshman season.

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- It didn't take Nick Lonergan long to take the reigns of the Quincy University offense.

During his redshirt freshman season the Jacksonville native started the last seven games in 2012 and seems ready to roll this fall.

"After a year being in this offense, and the system, (I am) a lot more comfortable with everything," Lonergan said. 

"I'm just trying to build off that. Personally, I think I need to step up my game."

Statistically speaking, Lonergan threw for just shy of 1,000 yards last season with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Both he and head coach Tom Pajic know Lonergan's best games are still ahead of him.

"Nick Lonergan can be great when it's all said and done. The jury is not out because he's young. He's still got plenty of time to mature and he's going to make his mistakes," Pajic indicated. 

"This year he's got to have a higher passing percentage, completion percentage, touchdown ratio to interceptions, and (he has to) manage the game."

And while most of the offensive attention in the first few weeks of camp has been on establishing the run first, Lonergan knows the offense, as a whole, must improve on last season's scoring average of 18 points a game.

"The biggest thing we need to work on right is the intensity, kind of building off that, and letting (both) kind of work off each other," Lonergan said.

Pajic added: "There's more that goes into it but it's the job of the quarterback to get your offense in the end zone. I've been around some great ones, and statistically (the quarterback) may not be great but at the end of the day if he can score some points that'll be pretty good for him."

The sophomore signal caller says he will also depend on a variety of weapons.

"We've got some good receivers, depth in the backfield, and we're just looking to build off that and use our experience and speed, and trying to score some touchdowns."

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