Washburn will hit the road to open 2013 as they face the Nebraska-Kearney in their season opener. The two squads opened the year last year in Topeka with Washburn driving for touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter to pull out a 24-14 victory. On offense the Ichabods return Mitch Buhler at quarterback who averaged 173.7 yards per game and threw for 16 touchdowns. On defense Bryce Atagi led the team with 114 tackles including 11.5 tackles for a loss. The Lopers sported the league’s best run defense led by returner Kellen Werner who had 82 tackles including 14.5 tackles for a loss. On offense UNK will have to replace some production but Matt Berry will return at receiver after playing eight games at quarterback last year. He had nine catches for 60 yards at wideout last year.