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November 10, 2016 Freshmen Wieland and Hudson adjust to life in college football
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CEDAR RAPIDS - The Coe College football team has won ten games in a row to start the 2016 season. Former Highland student-athlete Spencer Wieland joined the NCAA division III Kohawks and is getting used to a new position with the junior varsity.

“It’s quite a big change though because I played left guard and linebacker in high school now I’m playing cornerback here,” Wieland explained, “but the coaches are helping me make that transition a lot smoother.”

Wieland is enjoying his first semester on the Cedar Rapids campus, and first year with the football program.

“Coe has been great,” he said. “The coaches and players all have a bond that you can’t find anywhere else.”

The Coe varsity team clinched an Iowa Conference Championship and a NCAA Division III playoff spot with a 48-7 win over Buena Vista on Saturday, Oct. 29.

FORT DODGE - Former Lone Tree running back Jared Hudson is enjoying his time at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge

“I love college it’s really fun,” he said. “That is, the time I get off of football, and that is not much at all. It is really a job.”

Hudson moved from running back to safety in the first week of the season, and said it took him about three weeks to get comfortable with his new position. A high-ankle sprain has kept him off of the field so far this season, but he plans on being prepared to take a starting role next year.

“The talent level is so much more different than high school,” Hudson said. Being surrounded by division one players is also really different. That alone, I believe, has made me a way better player, and has put me in position for a big impact next season.”

Only about 50 percent of the starters from the first game of the season, played in Saturday’s contest with Iowa Western.

Hudson hopes that he can stay healthy, and is confident that he can make an impact next season and transfer from the two-year school to continue his career.

“A big thank you to my success at the college level, and what is yet to come, goes out to my high school coach Chad Shield,” Hudson said.

We have kept in great contact, and when I got my injury, he helped me keep my head up and get ready for a great next season, and to not pull the plug on this season. I think my bounce back is also because of him. I can’t thank him enough for what he has done.”

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