CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)- For the first time in eight years, Cedar Rapids Washington will have a quarterback not named Suess.
Warren, Will, and Wyatt Suess- who are the sons of former Hawkeye Phil Suess- have helped lead the Warriors to successful seasons since 2001.
This year, the back of the Washington signal caller's jersey will read 'Gutman,' but those involved in the program expect him to pick up right were the three Suesses left off.
"I emailed, Mary and Phil and tried to see if there's any more hiding somewhere but apparently they only had three," said Tony Lombardi, the Warriors' head coach. "I think as the year progresses you're going to hear a lot about Shay Gutman."
Gutman Would have been the leading returner in touchdown receptions this year.
Instead he'll step in to fill a void at the quarterback position after the Warriors lost Suess number three to graduation.
"Last year I learned a lot behind Wyatt and he taught me a lot and it was good playing behind someone as good as Wyatt," said Gutman
But the learning curve shouldn't be too steep. Gutman did play quarterback as a sophomore.
"I think he relishes that role, he enjoys it. I watch him play that sort of a role in the soccer program, the basketball program. He's one of those guys that wants to be a go-to guy, so I think he's going to do a very nice job," said Lombardi.
"He's one of our captains this year and he's commanding our team like a quarterback should," said Andre Dawson, runningback.
Gutman won't have to do it all himself.
Even though Cedar Rapids Washington loses wideout Keenan Davis,who will be playing on Saturday's at Kinnick, Gutman will have a talented group of receivers to throw to, led by transfer Evan Davis.
Iit never hurts to have Dawson to hand the ball off to in the backfield.
No junior reached the endzone as often as Dawson did in 2008.
It seems to be the right ingredients for some firepower on offense, and Gutman seems poised to make a name for himself.
Online Reporter: Jason Epner