In a bit of a surprise, UND decided to add a quarterback to the 2020 roster on Wednesday.
Sophomore QB Ethan Postler of Moorpark JC announced via Twitter that he is transferring to UND for the upcoming season. Postler, 6’5″-210, is originally from Iowa and played his prep ball at Clear Creek Amana High School. Postler is walking on at UND and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
— Ethan Postler (@ethanpostler) June 24, 2020
In 2018 at Moorpark, Postler completed 86 of 169 passes for 921 yards. He threw 7 TD’s vs 4 INT’s. In 2019 Postler redshirted, which I am guessing was to save a year of eligibility for when he transfers (not all that uncommon). Per the Grand Forks Herald, Postler’s father Paul and brother Austin both played at Iowa.
Postler appears to be more of a pocket QB. He has played in the spread offense before so should be comfortable with OC Danny Freund’s style of play. Postler has a decent arm and is fairly accurate on his throws – and, importantly, is versed in the RPO game. The team he was playing on wasn’t very successful so that may have had a bit to do with his statistics.
The Hawks, as most know, are extremely young in the QB room. Tommy Schuster, Reid Neal and Quincy Vaughn are all freshman, with Schuster the only one having any experience and that was very limited (18-34 for 168 yards). Being Postler is a walk-on that tells us he is being brought in for emergency depth and to possibly run the scout team, etc. Now if he performs well obviously he moves up the depth chart and things change. He appears to be a very grounded kid, mentioning in the Herald article about wanting become a coach down the road.
Postler is only in his third year out of high school but can add much-needed experience and age to his position group. This will more than likely let Brock Boltman focus solely on WR and the vaunted Brockstar formation.
Want another candidate for backup emergency QB? Max Gunderson of Detroit Lakes could be one. The incoming freshman is slated to be a tight end but did play QB in high school and actually has a similar frame to Postler.