Salem's Coulling in hunt for VMI quarterback job

Scott Wachenheim enters his third season as head coach

By John "Appy" Appicello - Sports Director

LEXINGTON, Va. -       Year three of the Scott Wachenheim VMI rebuilding project is underway in Lexington. The Keydets held Media Day at Foster Stadium on Tuesday at the continue fall workouts   VMI returns 12 starters from 2016, including leading rusher Daz Palmer who had just under 500 yards on the ground a year ago.  The Keydets did see two-year starting quarterback Al Cobb depart.  

      Wachenheim says a leading candidate under center is Salem product Austin Coulling. He played in six games and had a pair of touchdowns a year ago. As Wachenhiem tweaks the offensive scheme to fit his personnel he'll be deciding on his new quarterback this August and the former Spartans star is clearly in the mix.

     "He's got extremely strong arm and he's worked hard for the opportunity to take over starting quarterback when Al Cobb graduated. I think all three quarterbacks have had a good two-a-days and right now they're making the decision tough for us,but we still have 9 practices to look at and sort it out," Wachenheim said.

     "I think I'm the only one with game experience but you know we help each other out as much as possible. With a new offense going in you always have to help each other out and know the plays and know what's going on. I think that's the biggest thing with us we're like brothers out there. Even though we're competing for one spot, it's brothers first, teammates second." Coulling said.

   VMI opens its season Sept. 2 at Air Force. 

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