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Colin Daniels, the heir apparent at CAL to Cole Hodge at QB

’26 QB more of a drop-back guy than Hodge, but talented nevertheless

Colin Daniels is already among the better QBs in his graduating class and he has been playing behind a guy who is now an FBS level, Saturday guy (Cole Hodge). How does one follow a 4,000-plus yard thrower with 55-TDs in a single season against only 7-picks? Well, it doesn’t hurt to be a 6’5,” 210-pound howitzer with a 4.0 GPA and the athletic skill-set to play multiple varsity sports at Christian Academy-Louisville.

JV Highlights

Varsity Highlights

We have been focusing on athletic versatility this offseason. Most colleges will tell you its program prefers to recruit players who are sufficiently skilled to thrive in more than just the one sport for which the athlete is being recruited.

Colin Daniels drew a tough assignment in ’23. The 6’5,” 210-pound, sophomore signal caller had to back up one of Kentucky’s all-time HS QBs, particularly if considering the season he put together in ’23.

The outgoing QB is Cole Hodge. He is signed to play, next year, with the East Caroline Pirates (FBS, Division I).

In ’23, Hodge’s senior year, the senior QB completed 283 of his 380-passing attempts (completion percentage of .74473684). Hodge threw 55-TDs against seven (7) INTs and was the leading rusher on the team with 625-yards in 105-carries and 10-rushing TDs.

Hodge's senior year he completed 283 of his 380-passing attempts, threw 55-TDs, only seven (7) INTs, gained 625-yards in 105-carries w/ 10-rushing TDs

Friday Night Fletch/KHSAA Statistical Website

Daniels played in seven (7) varsity games. Daniels completed 16 passes out of his 31-attempts for 278-yards and 4-TDs and a lone INT.

Okay, there is a vast chasm between the two outputs. That doesn’t mean the play at the position will fall-off much.

First of all, Hunter Cantwell knows something of QB play. He played at Tilghman High during his prep campaign, leaving that school its all-time passer in a mark since passed by current QB, Jack James.

Cantwell played for former Campbellsville University head coach Perry Thomas at Paducah Tilghman High School. He helped lead Tilghman to a 31-8 record during his three years as a starter. He ended his career as the school’s all-time leading passer, completing 458-756 passes for 7,272 yards and 70 touchdowns.

Cantwell walked on at the University of Louisville in 2004 and left a four time, varsity letter winner. He played in the NFL and then worked for Coach Thomas at CU where he was the position coach of former Tiger QB, and now head football coach, Jake Russell.

[Hunter] Cantwell knows how to coach and develop QBs

Friday Night Fletch

Cantwell knows how to coach and develop QBs. Daniels will be just fine under his guidance.

Daniels tore up JV this past season. We generally don’t cover JV in football but we have linked some highlights from that effort at the top of this article.

We have also linked his varsity highlights from off his Hudl page. Point is, this kid has the frame, athleticism, and the talent to be a superstar at the HS level of play.

We are calling it right now. CAL will be back in the 3A title hunt next year in spite of losing an all-timer at an all-important slot.

The Centurions reload. They don’t rebuild.

This is Friday Night Fletch, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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