Ex-GSU QBs reunite Saturday

Published 12:51 am Friday, September 11, 2009

SELMA — Concordia College’s Larry Kerlegan and Shaw University’s Brandon Landers will have a homecoming of sorts Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.

Concordia (1-1) and Shaw (2-0) square off at 6 p.m. at Millbrook High School in Raleigh.

Landers is the second half of a two-quarterback system for the Bears. Kerlegan is No. 2 on the Hornets’ depth chart at quarterback behind Selma’s T’Chelpio Woods.

Kerlegan and Landers, however, are both Grambling State University transfers who played on the 2006 and 2007 teams together.

So Concordia coach Shepherd Skanes has more information about Shaw than he did about Alabama State, which escaped with a 38-33 victory over the Hornets.

“We know they are two-time defending (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) champions,” Skanes said. “They have a great football program. They have great talent.”

Skanes said he was familiar with Landers because of Kerlegan’s relationship.

Landers started at Grambling in 2004 as a freshman after starter Bruce Eugene went down in the first game. He eclipsed ex-GSU coach Doug Williams’ school freshman passing record and won Southwestern Athletic Conference freshman of the year honors.

He is No. 3 on GSU’s all-time passing list with 7,024 yards and 58 touchdowns.

When Eugene returned for the 2005 season, Landers was redshirted. Then Kerlegan saw limited playing time, completing 1-of-7 passes for 4 yards and one interception.

In 2006, Eugene graduated, Landers returned as starter and Kerlegan played in seven games, completing 47-of-71 passes for 633 yards and seven TDs.

Landers, however, threw for 2,138 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2006, followed by 2,603 yards and 23 TDs in 2007.

Skanes said Shaw – which won its first game against NCAA Division I FCS opponent last week (20-6 over Bethune-Cookman) — “always plays in the Pioneer Bowl every year.”

Concordia’s close call against Division I FCS Alabama State put some swagger back in the Hornets’ game.

“(The Concordia players) knew they had a chance to win it,” Skanes said. “Last week, (Alabama State) had the film and we didn’t. This week both of us have film.”

Skanes said the seven-hour bus ride to North Carolina and recovery from last week’s loss should not affect his team.

“The travel time is part of what I call ‘relax time,’” he said, adding the offense and defense will be on separate buses. “They can watch the films and talk with the coaches. They can start building a bond with one another. You don’t anybody else to rely on when the game starts.”

Although one player won’t be able to make the trip, the team is healthy, Skanes said.

“Everybody came out of last week’s game healthy,” he said. “Everything is positive. They are capable of knowing what they are doing.”

Sophomore running back Zakevian Rowell of Atlanta, Ga., passed out on the way to Thursday’s afternoon practice and was taken to Vaughan Regional Medical Center for overnight observation.