Krumm Ready for First Start
Not many starting quarterbacks in Mississippi were more dependable than Hernando’s Robert Wilcke in 2016. A durable dual-threat, the Northwest Mississippi community college provided production, leadership and stability.
Needless to say, objective number one for Tigers’ head coach Will Wolfe this offseason was to groom his new starter. Jacob Krumm has been ready to assume that role for quite some time.
“I feel my confidence has improved and my relationship with coach Wolfe has grown,” Krumm told SES Mississippi. “He has reassured me he’s behind me all the way.”
“Coach Wolfe and myself just wanted to get used to one another being that we haven’t gone to war together. We have the same goals for the team.”
On August 25th Krumm will make his first career start when the Tigers play Middle College(TN). Region 1-6A rival Tupelo comes to town on September 22nd to kick off division play, which will be sort of like going to war as the talented quarterback alluded to.
Last season the Tigers started 5-0 out of the gates before dropping their division-opener to the Golden Wave. Krumm, a senior but first-year starter will have just four games under his belt when Hernando opens division play.
“I am more than ready to get back in the groove of things and show people how much Hernando has worked,” Krumm explained. “I realize that it’s my one shot and I’m not taking anything for granted. So really, I’m taking every rep as if it’s my last.”
“I expect us to execute each play and really show people what we are capable of. We have a really good team, and I believe that if we continue staying together as a family and play as one we can dominate.”
Hernando played their spring scrimmage against Grenada, also a very talented team. At times the Tigers did show glimpses of being a dominant team. They have playmakers at all three levels on defense, and they’re stout on offense with a stable of backs, receivers and linemen.
The summer months since then have been mighty hot, and Krumm states that they’ve been productive for his team.
“We have built a stronger relationship in knowing that we can rely and depend on each other,” He said. “We have built all of that on the days we’ve worked out tails off this summer. When you spend every day with them for several hours then you begin to build a stronger relationship because you share the same goal.”
However, the offseason as whole has been a positive for Krumm. With no playing experience, he set out to prove his skills against the best before his senior season. At the Fortius Project stop at Northeast Mississippi community college, Krumm was named to the all-combine team.
In pads during the spring game, he was able to spray the ball all over the field with live pass rushers.
“I believe it’s the mental aspect,” Krumm noted as his best asset. “I love finding ways to pick apart the defense. Find their weak spots, that is just something I was good at growing up. Coach has helped me improve on that, as well.”
“I really never had the strongest arm nor was I the fastest growing up. So I found other ways to win.”
Though he is dealing with the stress of being a first-year starter and looking to help Hernando build on their 9-4 mark from a year ago, Krumm is not worried about one area of his team. That would be his pass catchers, a group he has raved about all offseason.
“Those guys have really created a lot of opportunities for us. They have stepped up tremendously just by having confidence that when the ball is in the air, it’s theirs. We are relying on them to catch everything,” Krumm said.
“Our running backs have grown a lot since the spring and so have our receivers. So really, we have depth all around whether its run or pass.”