Transfers to make huge impact for football team


By Jared Hoesel
Eagle Staff

Both of these student athletes will figure to be big play makers for this year’s football team and are

expected to make big contributions to the team’s journey to a state title. These two new additions are

looking to make an impact on both offensively and defensively.

Huggins is expected to play a large role on the defensive line, and also expected to contribute on

offense playing fullback.

This will be something different for Huggins considering he was the starting center at Houston

Christian the previous two seasons.

Meanwhile, Malouf is expected to get most of his reps at receiver and is expected to be targeted a lot

during the season.

Although there is not much of a position change for Malouf, he is still taking the transition seriously.

“There is still a lot of work that needs to be done,” Malouf said.

When asked about the wide-receiver and quarterback relationship between himself and junior

Michael Keating, Malouf had high praise.

“I love him. He’s like a brother to me,” Malouf said.

The chemistry formed in the locker-room between St. Thomas players is something special. “[It’s] like

a family, it feels like you’re living with your teammates.” said Malouf.

Malouf’s hopes are high for the season, and he is positive that the Eagles will make a legitimate run at

the state title this year.

When junior starting quarterback Michael Keating was asked about what kind of impact Malouf was

going to make, his confidence in him was clear.

“Landon is a great player with a lot of talent, and I think he will perform very well,” Keating said.

Of Pete Huggins, Keating went on to say, “I am excited to have somebody like Huggins on the

defensive line, and I think he will make a big impact.”

These new additions are hoping to make a huge impact on the team and help carry them through the


It is hard not to look ahead to the ultimate prize, which is a state championship title, but first the

team has to perform in the regular season and the post season. The team also wants to capture

another district title.

When Head Coach Tim Fitzpatrick was asked about the loss of the seniors from last season he said,

“You can’t replace the people who’ve left but other guys will step up and take their place.”

This applies to transfers such as Landon Malouf who will look to step up in the place of Doug Sauter ‘14.

Also, Huggins will look to fill the void left by the loss of Joseph Lowery ‘14 who is now playing at the

United States Military Academy at West Point. These two have big shoes to fill, but they are definitely

talented enough to do so.