Talk about a multi-purpose offensive threat.
At Paynesville High School last season, current St. John’s freshman Josh Bungum did it all. He rushed for 2,539 yards and 30 touchdowns. He threw for 1,299 yards and 13 touchdowns. And he caught two touchdown passes as well.
His efforts helped land the Bulldogs in the state tournament and earned him 2011 Times’ All-Area player of the year honors.
He chose St. John’s over St. Thomas and other schools and is now working his way into the mix at wide receiver.
We checked in with the 5-foot-9, 160-pounder before practice Tuesday afternoon.
On how his first week-and-a-half of college football has gone?
“It’s been fun. It’s a little different than high school ball. There’s a lot more meetings and stuff like that. But I’ve been having fun getting to know the offense and all the guys.”
On the level of play at St. John’s vs. at the high school level?
“It’s obviously a huge step up from high school. Everybody here can really play. But it’s fun to be around guys of that talent level. It really pushes everyone to get better.”
On switching to wide receiver after playing running back and quarterback at Paynesville last fall?
“It’s where they’ve put me and I go where they tell me to go. We’ll see how everything shakes out as the season goes along. But this has been a really good way to get to know the offense. I’ve learned a lot running plays there.”
On whether or not he will still follow Paynesville football while in Collegeville this season?
“My Dad is going to go to most of the games and he said he’d keep me up-to-date on how they’re doing. I’m looking forward to seeing how the season shakes out for them. It will be interesting. They have a lot of young guys and there may be some ups and downs in the first few games. But once they get some experience under their belts, I think they have the potential to be pretty good.”