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Bakersfield tabs Saugus grad as QB

Gauthier wins starting signal-caller job but has big shoes to fill

Posted: September 2, 2008 8:32 p.m.
Updated: November 4, 2008 5:00 a.m.

A new quarterback will be at the helm of one of the top community college football teams in the country.

He is a graduate of Saugus High School.

Sophomore Nick Gauthier won the Bakersfield College starting job on Monday over Joe Maldonado, a graduate of South High School from Bakersfield. He beat out five other candidates for the spot.

"I went in there with the mindset of being the starting quarterback," Gauthier said. "I think the difference was he grayshirted, while I played in games. I have game experience."

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound signalcaller has big cleats to fill. Last season's starter, Jacob Bower, set single-season team records with 3,034 passing yards, touchdowns (35), completions (189) and attempts (312).

"I'm different," Gauthier said. "He's more of a sit back in the pocket type. I'm more of a mobile quarterback, something they haven't had in years."

Gauthier has a new receiving corps to grow with. Jan Wollitz is the only wideout who had a reception last season.

Gauthier is part of a winning legacy with the Renegades, who were ranked No. 8 in the Street and Smith's Sporting News College Football 2008 Yearbook.

Bakersfield College opens its season on Sept. 6 in Bakersfield College against Fresno City College.

"We return all our offensive linemen," Gauthier said. "It'll come to me making the right reads and our young receivers playing well. If that happens, we'll be successful. We're going to open our offense up a bit.
We're going to run a little option, more spread."

Last season, in the semifinals of the Southern California Junior College playoffs, BC beat College of the Canyons in double overtime, 48-45. It lost to Mt. San Antonio College, 47-42, in the championship game.

It was the second consecutive season Bakersfield College reached the championship game.

Gauthier played last season on the junior varsity team at Mount Union College. The Division III varsity team won nine national championships, including five this decade. The JV team went 9-0 and won every game by at least 14 points.

In his senior season in 2006, Gauthier passed for 1,896 yards on 137-of-233 passing, with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions.


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