When you hear Luke Papilion's teammates talk about him.....
"Great leader. He's a great guy. He makes all of us play much better. He raises the competition, he raises the bar. It makes our job, as a receiver, my job easy. He puts it on me." USF Senior H-Back Brady Rose says.
....It's hard to believe that there were doubts the Colorado native could play quarterback.
"People got in their own way and didn't give Luke an opportunity because they didn't like the way he threw the football or the way it looked. I'm just a guy that puts the film on and I see plays. I could care less what it looks like." USF Head Coach Jed Stugart says.
Papilion had Division One offers. But the place he'd never heard of stuck out.
"Before they started recruiting me I didn't know who Sioux Falls was or where it was for that much. I knew as soon as I took my visit out here. Just the tradition that the winning program has and the chemistry from the team." Papilion says.
After an injury plagued freshman season, Luke busted out in 2014, winning NSIC Offensive Player of the Year honors.
"Just sitting in the film room with coaching. That was probably the biggest thing. It was mostly mental for me." Luke says.
Now a senior, Papilion long ago erased doubts about his ability to play quarterback, passing for more than 71 hundred yards, running for more than 2600, and scoring 99 touchdowns.
"He's continually, year after year after year, and practice after practice, gotten better. He works on his craft all the time." Rose says.
And there's no doubt how Luke wants his story to end.
"If it was up to me the final chapter would be this team playing that final game in December in Kansas City." Papilion says.