Sophomore QB Dodson returns to lead Pitt State offense

Chad Dodson, Jr. started the season finale in 2021.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg State football is in the middle of their first week of fall camp.

This season, the Gorillas open camp with Chad Dodson, Jr. on top of the quarterback depth chart.

The sophomore QB appeared in five games last season, throwing for 599 yards and 7 touchdowns. He got his lone start of the season in the 2021 finale for the Gorillas on the road against Fort Hays State, throwing for 294 yards and 3 touchdowns in the team’s 34-24 win over the Tigers.

“I just think the biggest jump will be speed of play and how quickly he’s making his decisions and his comfort level in the pocket,” says head coach Brian Wright, “When he first got in there last year he was a little antsy back there in the pocket. Now he’s a lot more comfortable. I’d like to see him progress at that. He continues to get the ball out quicker and quicker and make good decisions.”

“The biggest growth I’ve seen in Chad is his leadership this off-season,” says offensive lineman Trase Jeffries, “Getting in those two games at the end of last year when he did, I think it helped his confidence a lot. I think Chad Dodson is going to be a really dangerous quarterback. He’s a smart guy and I see him working hard every day.”

Pitt State opens the season on September 1st, at home against Central Missouri.