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Due to transfer rules, Buyck had to sit out a full football season, but the 6-foot-4, 168-pounder practiced the entire season. He also trains with a few personal quarterback coaches on the side.
Now, he finds himself in a competition to earn the starting quarterback position with junior Joe Smith, who started two games last year when Jack Douglas was injured.
In his first start last season against Yorkville, Smith dazzled, going 14 for 25 with 230 yards, two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.
“I don’t feel like I lost a step at all,” Buyck said during Kaneland’s 7-on-7 event Tuesday. “Sitting out a year really opened it up for me. I learned a lot more just watching Jack and watching [Smith] play.”
May the best man win.
Coming off a 7-4 season and a second-round playoff appearance, to the quarterbacks, what will be the separating factor?
“Trust in the coaches,” Smith said.
"Who can get the job done, and who can get us a win come the first Friday night," Buyck added.