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Vulcans find a Dapper quarterback

| Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003

CALIFORNIA - With Brandon LeDonne graduating, it's no secret that recruiting a quarterback was one of John Luckhardt's top priorities for his second season as California University's football coach.

He may have settled the issue.

Greg Dapper, one of the WPIAL's top passers at Keystone Oaks High two years ago, has transferred to California after being red-shirted last year as a freshman at Temple University.

"He's a big league quarterback with great credentials," said Luckhardt. "He was one of the two top quarterbacks in the WPIAL two years ago. He's coming out of a Big East program and made Temple's traveling squad."

A 6-2, 200 pounder, Dapper set 16 passing records in two seasons at Keystone Oaks.

In his senior season, Dapper completed 131 of 218 passes for 1,922 yards and 18 touchdowns in leading the Golden Eagles to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since 1983 and their first winning campaign (6-4) since 1994.

He finished his scholastic career throwing for 3,786 yards and 32 touchdowns and was a two-time All-Big Seven Conference first team selection.

Dapper will have four years of eligibility at California.

The Vulcans' other quarterbacks last year were sophomore Dustin Strayer and freshman Jared Dumm.

Strayer completed 49 of 80 passes for four touchdowns and had a 141.02 passer rating while Dumm completed nine of 24 for 116 yards and no scores with a 61.43 rating.

"We'll have three great kids to compete for a job in the spring," noted Luckhardt. "I'm expecting to recruit one other quarterback."

Dumm could wind up playing another position for the Vulcans. He was recruited as a receiver and converted to safety before being switched to quarterback.

Meanwhile, it's a good bet another Dapper could be headed to California.

Bryan Dapper, Greg's younger brother, is a football-basketball standout at Keystone Oaks.

A 6-2, 190 pounder, Dapper caught 33 passes for 668 yards and a school-record 10 touchdowns for the Golden Eagles, who went 8-3 including the first playoff victory in the school's history.

"There's a 90 percent possibility we'll get Bryan," said Luckhardt.

Luckhardt wasn't hired as Cal's coach until May.

"Because of the late start we had to scramble for recruits and it wasn't easy," said Luckhardt. "Getting Greg is a good start of a new program."

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