By Daniel Paulling
Kody Smith is making a strong case to be the starting quarterback for Gettysburg College.
The only problem is senior captain Kyle Whitmoyer, a Biglerville graduate, had a solid grasp on the starting role before suffering a concussion in the season opener Sept. 3 at Lebanon Valley.
“It’s not tough (to decide between them),” coach Barry Streeter said. “Kyle is a real good player. (Against Lebanon Valley), our plan was to play both the quarterbacks. (Kyle) hasn’t done anything to make us think less of him. If you get him healthy, it’s good to have two of them.”
When asked who’d be starting next week if Whitmoyer were healthy, Streeter said he hadn’t made a decision.
“I’m trying to finish my water right now,” he said, following Saturday’s 40-34 win against Ursinus. “I haven’t given it any thought.”
Against the Bears, Smith finished 13-of-22 with 291 passing yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed 11 times for 53 yards, an average of 4.8 yards per attempt.
He also went 19-of-28 with 281 yards in a spot start last season after Whitmoyer broke his collarbone in a game against McDaniel College.
“Both those quarterbacks are great,” sophomore receiver Aden Twer said. “They were competing (in the preseason) and Kyle went down and Kody stepped up. He puts the ball right there every time — a receiver’s dream.”