UWO quarterback reflects on strong start to season, career

Evan Moris, Assistant Sports Editor

UW Oshkosh sophomore and starting quarterback, Kyle Radavich, was named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Football Athlete of the Week for his performance against UW-River Falls.
Radavich threw for a career-high 300 yards and five touchdowns against UW-River Falls and said he has never had a game quite like this in his football career.

“In high school I threw for 360 yards once,” Radavich said. “I had three touchdowns a couple times, but five touchdowns is the most I’ve ever had.”

Radavich was splitting time early in the season with teammate Johnny Duranso when Duranso went down with an injury at the first game of the season, and Radavich saw his opportunity.

“I had a feeling that I would play at Carthage,” Radavich said. “They were trying to get us both to play to see who would start come conference time. Then [Duranso] got hurt and tried to keep playing. I got a couple series and we really didn’t do anything. It was a really boring offensive game for us at Carthage. I tried to prepare like I was the starter every game. When I got my shot, I tried to take advantage of it.”
Radavich got his first career start this year against Davenport University, a team with 35 Division I transfers. Radavich’s debut didn’t go as well as he hoped.

“The 35 D-I transfers got to me,” Radavich said. “I kind of made us think about it. It was lack of experience that freaked me out a little bit. I got into my head and didn’t trust everyone else.”

A week later Radavich had another shot versus a D-II opponent against Lincoln University in Missouri.

“[I was] more comfortable in the pocket,” Radavich said. “[There is] more chemistry with the guys every week. Being able to play with these guys helps a lot. Getting the main reps helps. Get the confidence that I was the guy.”

After his successful game against Lincoln University, Radavich was named as the WIAC Football Athlete of the Week.

With a bye week following the Lincoln game, Radavich had an opportunity to build chemistry with his offense.

“We have a lot of young guys playing,” Radavich said. “The more reps we get; the more comfortable we get in our offense, the system. Changing things up and seeing what works helped a lot. Extra reps against our defense, which is obviously really good help.”

Radavich said he and the Titan offense used the bye week to their advantage to blow the doors off UW-River Falls, 48-14.

Radavich will be under this weekend versus UW-Whitewater. The rambunctious Perkins Stadium crowd in Whitewater has Radavich excited for his first game against the rival Warhawks this Saturday, Oct. 6.
“It’s a big stage, really big stadium,” Radavich said. “I think it will be a lot of fun, I’m excited.”