UNIVERSITY CENTER – When it comes to Saginaw Valley replacing two top players in quarterback Jon Jennings and wide receiver Jeff Janis, it’d take a coin flip to determine which standout meant more to the Cardinals.
As a dual-threat, Jennings threw for 3,284 yards and 30 touchdowns and also ran for another 12 as a senior last season. He broke the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record in passing (9,546 yards) and total offense (10,700).
Janis’ career was just as impressive, and he is on his way to the NFL as a surefire draft pick. He racked up over 3,200 yards and 31 touchdowns at SVSU.
To truly find a replacement for either of them is a fool’s errand.
However, SVSU coach Jim Collins may have done just that with junior wide receiver Bryan Fobbs, a 6-foot, 185-pound JUCO transfer from De Anza Community College in California.
Last season at De Anza, Fobbs played in 10 games and grabbed 96 receptions for 1,507 yards and 20 touchdowns.
At the Cardinals’ annual spring game Saturday, Fobbs reeled in a handful of catches and finished the contest with two touchdowns.
“When you see Bryan Fobbs, he comes in as guy who is new to the program and catches two touchdown passes today,” said Collins, a seventh-year coach at SVSU, after the game. “One of them was a phenomenal catch and the other one he was wide open on a great throw.”
Redshirt junior quarterback Keith Moore connected with Fobbs on a 10-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and on another from 31 yards out just before halftime.
“(Fobbs) made some great plays today, and when you talk about replacing a Jeff Janis who is going to be drafted, there’s not many guys out there you’re going to find who can replace a guy as physically gifted as Jeff,” Collins said. “What was great to see is that Bryan made Jeff-like type of plays today, and that’s what we need. We’re going to need a guy to make great plays. I thought he did a great job of that.”
Collins wasn’t the only one Saturday in awe of Fobb’s performance. Moore told reporters after the game that Fobb will be one of his favorite targets to throw to when the season kicks off this fall.
Fobb won’t be restricted to only the offense. He also fielded punts during the game and with his speed, it wouldn’t be a shock if he returned one or two for a touchdown this upcoming season.
It’s also worth noting that while Fobb was at De Anza, he averaged 150.7 receiving yards per game and finished first in the California Community College Athletic Association in receptions and touchdowns.
SVSU opens its season by hosting Indianapolis at 7p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.
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