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College Football 2017: Whitworth's quarterback can sling it

click to enlarge Ian Kolste completed nearly 72 percent of his throws last season. - WHITWORTH ATHLETICS
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  • Ian Kolste completed nearly 72 percent of his throws last season.

He's the catalyst for a Whitworth offense that led the Northwest Conference in scoring in 2016 and is poised to be even more potent this season. The senior quarterback from Oak Harbor, Washington — who is drawing preseason All-America notice — broke out in his second year as a starter (his average game day: 35-of-49 for 379 yards and three touchdowns) and was named first-team all-conference. Kolste cut down on interceptions, throwing just eight in 488 attempts, and ran for four scores. The Pirates have depth and experience at quarterback; backup Jonah Koski, from Bend, Oregon, is also a senior. At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, he has 3 inches and almost 20 pounds on Kolste, offering opposing defenses a different look. Koski saw action in eight of 10 games last season, completing all 13 of his passes for 130 yards and a pair of scores.

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