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DeLand High School's Jordan Wilson(6) looks for running room against University High School's defense on Friday, August 19, 2016.University won 34-20. Photo by Steve Simoneau
The DeLand Quarterback Club will open its 63rd season this year on Mondays to hear different speakers talk about their experiences in the game of football. Over the next several months, DeLandites with interest in football will hear from nine different speakers relating stories about the game.
The DeLand Quarterback Club is open to those interested in the sport and willing to pay $275 for socializing, dinner at Venue 142 and a guest speaker over 11 weeks. The evening’s activities begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktail hour, dinner at 6:30 p.m. and guest speaker at 7 p.m.
The first meeting will be Monday, Sept. 20, with Stetson coach Brian Young being the first guest speaker. Those wishing to join in the fun can either pay at their first meeting or send a check payable to the DeLand Quarterback Club to Becky McDonald, 201 S. Florida Ave., DeLand, FL 32720. McDonald is the Quarterback Club’s captain this year.
Coach Young played ball at Georgia Southern, where he coached last season but served as the Hatter defensive coordinator for the eight previous years. He is followed Sept. 27 by Bud Elliot, who has covered football recruiting for more than a decade, including for CBS and Cover 3 College Football Podcast.
Oct. 4 brings PT Willis to town. Willis is a FSU All of Famer and a former-color analyst. He is followed by Marc Daniels on Oct. 11. Daniels is the “Voice of UCF” and veteran Orlando sports broadcaster and program director for FM 96.9.
He will be followed Oct. 18 by Doug Johnson, a former U. of F. quarterback who played pro football for the Flacons, Jaguars, Titans, Browns and Bengals.
Oct. 25 brings Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun and globally famous podcast “Dooley Noted.”
There will be no meeting Nov. 1, but Nov. 8 brings the ever-popular Mike Bianchi to town. Bianchi is a veteran Jacksonville and Orlando sports broadcaster and columnist known for his “Open Mike” weekday radio show.
Matt Hayes comes Nov. 15. Hayes is an award-winning writer who has covered college football for more than 25 years and is a Jacksonville radio host.
There is no meeting Nov. 22. The last meeting on Nov. 28 will have David Greene as the speaker. Greene was a U. of Georgia quarterback and played professionally with the Seahawks, Patriots, Chiefs and Colts.
COVID safety precautions will be in place for meetings with monitoring of any City of DeLand updates. Members who prefer not to attend can arrange to watch on Zoom.

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