Pine River quarterback anxious to return to game

LEROY — Skyler Nelson is ready for his senior season with Pine River’s football team in many special ways.

The Pine River quarterback has been anxious to come back and throw the football again ever since sustaining a season-ending collarbone injury against Evart last fall. He’s also been working to adjust to new coach Terry Martin’s option offense.

“I’m enjoying the new offense,” he said. “You have to make the right reads. I’ll probably run the ball quite a bit, a lot more than I have in the past.”

Nelson feels comfortable with the running aspect in his quarterback duties. But for the option to be successful, he also realizes his fakes will be critical.

“That’s something I need to work on...deception stuff...carrying out my fakes a lot more,” he said.

Nelson also remains confident in his passing abilities for Pine River.

“Usually, I’m pretty accurate,” he said.

The Bucks scrimmaged last Friday against Mancelona in preparation of their season opener at Kalkaska this Thursday.

“A lot of people will be doubting us with the new stuff we’ve put in there,” Nelson said.

On offense, staying away from mistakes, especially with an option offense, will be critical.

“You have to know what you’re doing,” he said. “It takes a lot of reps in practice.”

Nelson isn’t sure how much defensive action in the backfield he’ll be seeing. In that spot, he’ll be focusing on pass coverage.