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February 23, 2013

Youth Shines At QB1 QB-WR Training Day

The rain and storms put a halt to most sports activities in the Midlands on Saturday, but it could not stop QB1 from executing our mission!  The QB1 QB-WR TRAINING DAYs continued in Columbia on Saturday, February 23rd, as 40 of the state's quarterbacks and wide receivers GOT BETTER at their respective positions.

It was another outstanding day of work outs, instruction, and performance and, as with each passing week, the improvement is very noticable in the athletes. At both positions.two  After evaluating film from the first session from two weeks ago, one of the most noticable things where there was room for improvement was in the footwork of the quarterbacks and the precision of pattern running by the receivers.

"The footwork was something we knew we needed to concentrate on this week," said QB1 quarterbacks coach Robin Bacon. "We evaluated the kids from session one and while there were a lot of good things taken from that session, the most glaring weakness was the footwork of the quarterbacks so we really hit that hard today."

After an hour of agilities focusing on the feet with the quarterbacks, the second hour of skills also worked in some drills to improve in that area.

"It was a really good work out," said Union County quarterback Ben Beck. "I know I got better with the footwork and one thing I've been working on a lot that was discovered in the first session is my hip rotation. I think I'm more polished now, after just two sessions, than I've ever been. I still have some work to do, but I can feel myself getting better."

Beck, who was a top finisher at the QB1 Challenge in 2011 as rising sophomore, has shown tremendous arm strength and accuracy in the performance area of the training days, and has stood out as one of the camp's top players.

I see improvement in the players and I also see them opening up a little bit with their personalities. One of the kids that I thought was a little timid in session one, probably because of the older players, but really showed out today was 2017 quarterback Bryce Fields of White Knoll. He wasn't shy at all about getting reps and really thew the ball well today. He's young and has some physical development yet, but as he does grow and get stronger, he's going to develop into a very good quarterback.

Dutch Fork 2016 quarterback Cole Douglass showed a very strong arm for a young quarterback, and threw the ball really well in the performance phase, where we put the receivers and quarterbacks together. In fact, the entire 2016 group looked strong. Garrett Styles of Easley, Mark Rew of Ben Lippen, Austin Estes of Belton-Honea Path, Ryan Lee of Spring Valley, and Timel Benton of Blythewood all showed vast improvement and everyone of those kids threw the ball well. Benton is one of the smaller guys out there but has a surprisingly strong arm for his age.

2015 quarterbacks Jordan Lane of 1st Assembly (Concord, NC) and North Central's Hunter Wyant were impressive in the sophomore group.


There is no doubt that we have a talented group of kids in the wide receivers group. One thing that we focused on a lot in this weekend's training day was positioning the body against defenders breaking on ball and running crisp patterns. We want the kids to understand the importance that, such as really staying flat after cutting on speed outs and digs. Setting up and explaining the different coverages they're running against helped them understand the "why" a little better and they really showed improvement in this area from the start of the day to the end of the session.

Summerville tight end/receiver Sean Smith was strong in session one and continued to showcase incredible prowess in this weekend's work outs. He does everything right and if there is any critique of him, I'd say concentration or focus on the ball a little more. He's strong in all areas.

Blythewood's Lynard Jamison, Wando's Terrell Venning, and Orangeburg-Wilkinson's Wallie Tarte all three stood out in the performance phase, showing soft hands and solid improvement on their patterns. Tarte and Jamison are both 2014 players and Venning is a 2015 receiver.

Summerville's William Luck was a first day guy but showed some good skills and soft hands in performance. Two young guys I have to mention again are Parker Wingate of Greenville and Aydan Fields of White Knoll - both 2017 players. Parker, for the second consecutive session has to get the hustle award, as I have yet to see him do anything without going full speed. And Aydan had the best hands in the group for the second consecutive session; this kid does not drop balls, period. He's young and still small, but he's going to develop into a very good football player.

We have one more session in Columbia, next Saturday, March 2nd. We have about three quarterback spots and six wide receiver spots open for that camp. After than, we will be hitting the road, travelling the state each Saturday and you can view that schedule and register for any of these TRAINING DAYS BY CLICKING HERE.


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