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Sophomore wide receiver Trey Brock broke the school record for most yards receiving per game in a season. (Photo: Ben Block / Hillsdale Col­legian)

With one game remaining, sophomore wide receiver Trey Brock has already clinched the Hillsdale record for most yards receiving per game in a season. Brock added 160 yards receiving and 3 touch­downs to his record-setting year in the Hillsdale’s 41 – 20 loss to Ferris State on Sat­urday at Frank “Muddy” Waters Stadium. Through nine games, Brock has scored 10 touch­downs and hauled in 1185 yards receiving. His 131.7 yards per game average is fourth-best in the nation.

In his freshman season, Brock split playing time with senior wide receivers and recorded 483 yards receiving and three touch­downs. This season, Brock has been sophomore quar­terback Chance Stewart’s No. 1 target from the start.

“This year I am on the field a lot more, which gives me more oppor­tu­nities to make plays,” Brock said.

Brock’s best three per­for­mances last season came after Stewart took over as Hillsdale’s starting quar­terback. The chem­istry they developed has blos­somed this season.

“Last year, we made some good con­nec­tions. From then on, we have just been getting more com­fortable with each other on the field,” Brock said. “He puts the ball where I can get it and gives me lots of oppor­tu­nities.”

Brock’s 3-touchdown per­for­mance against Ferris State on Sat­urday demon­strated his ver­sa­tility as a wide receiver. His first touchdown came on a 61-yard catch-and-run. Brock caught a pass from Stewart over the middle and sped away from three pur­suing Ferris State defenders.

“We knew going into the year that he had a little extra burst. He can run,” Hillsdale head coach Keith Otterbein said. “I think he sur­prises people with how fast he is. He’s sneaky fast and slithery.”

Brock’s second touchdown came on a 54-yard lofted pass from Stewart down the left sideline. Stewart’s pass met Brock in stride. Brock made the over-the-shoulder catch and ran into the end zone untouched.

“He’s getting some pretty nice balls to catch,” Otterbein said. “Chance really has a good feel for throwing the deep ball.”

Brock’s final touchdown was an impressive 9-yard reception. Brock ran a fade route to the back left corner of the end zone and reached around the cor­nerback cov­ering him to make the catch.

“That ball was under­thrown and he just grabbed it right out of the air,” Stewart said. “All I have to do is put it in an area and he’s going to come up and make those plays for me.”

Brock has fin­ished with 100 or more yards receiving in eight of nine games this season, breaking the Hillsdale record for most 100-yard receiving games in a season pre­vi­ously held by Andre Holmes. Holmes cur­rently plays for the Oakland Raiders in the NFL. For Brock, breaking records is an inevitable result of hard work.

“I expect those things to happen. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing,” Brock said. “I thank God every day — and espe­cially game day — for allowing me to play football and be in the sit­u­ation that I’m in.”

With two more seasons still to come as a Charger, Brock has set the bar high for himself.

“[My goals are to] win two national cham­pi­onships and go to the NFL,” he said.