The third annual QB1 CHALLENGE is set for this Saturday and has
the makings of the best one yet. With quarterbacks and wide receivers
from South
Carolina and around the Southeast, this year's event is shaping up to
be an extremely strong field of talent, ensuring quality competition
and presenting us with a difficult task of ranking the state's top
signal callers.
A new twist in the QB1 CHALLENGE for 2013 will be the addition of the
Wide Receiver's Challenge. Because of the tremendous response we've had
with the QB1 Quarterback-Wide Receiver Training Days, we have decided
at this year's event.
"This really gives us a chance to rate these kids with totally
subjective criteria," said QB1 founder Jim Baxer. "There is not another
event out there in the country that is doing what we do in terms of the
types of testing and challenges we pose to the participants and when we
do the analysis, there is no opinion's involved. You're either scoring
points in these events, or your not - it's that simple."
Each of the last two QB1 winners have gone on to play college football.
2011 winner Caleb Rowe is at the University of Maryland and 2012
winner, East Henderson (NC) Seth Owen recently signed with Pembrook.
"We've got an impressive list of alumni," said Baxter, "with about 13
kids playing at the next level right now. This goes back to kids we
worked with in our Passing Camps before it was actually called 'QB1'."
WHAT: The absolute
best evaluation event for quarterbacks AND wide receivers in the
nation. The players are tested and rated on 10 events (see below) and
ranked accordingly.
WHO: All
quarterbacks and wide receivers from rising 9th grade to rising 12th
grade are elibible for the event. While it is open to all participants,
invitations do go out to some players and thos spots are reserved.
WHEN: Saturday,
July 27th, 2013

WHERE: W.C. Hawkins
Stadium, Irmo High School, Irmo, South Carolina
PARKING: Please park at the
St. Andrews Road endzone lot, directly behind the scoreboard; you will
be directed to the gate for access to the field. This is important
because of construction going on.
Stadium, Irmo High School, Irmo, South Carolina
The quarterbacks will be put through ten events: three of those will be
physical after getting their height and weight. One will be a mental
challenge which will consist of a 10 question test on coverages and
coverage disguises after reviewing this material with players (this is
for juniors and seniors only). There will be six skills challenges.
PHYSICAL: 40 yard dash, Vertical Jump, Pro-Agility Shuttle (5-10-5)
MENTAL: 10 question test based on
video analysis (if facilities
SKILLS: Long Toss, Stationary Target (series), Moving Target (series),
Route Tree (series), Red Zone Corner Toss
Wide receivers will be put through six events: four physical after
height and weight and two skills events.
PHYSICAL: 40 yard dash, Vertical Jump, Pro-Agility Shuttle (5-10-5),
and L-cone
SKILLS:  Hands and Routes (series) with Quarterbacks. Scoring will
be explained at event.
is going to be our best event yet," said Baxter. "I'm looking
forward to the addition of the wide receivers challenge. Watching these
kids bond and fellowship during our QB1 Training Days has been great
and putting them together for the challenge event seemed like a natural
progression. Just as we want our players to evolve in their game, we
want to continue to evolve as a performance and evaluation company."
"Our son, Seth Owen, had a great time
competing against some of the Southeast's top high school quarterbacks
at the 2012 QB-1 Quarterback Challenge. We personally liked the one on
one instruction Seth received from the coaches. Coach Baxter and the
other coaches truly have a desire to see these young men learn the
skills and techniques of the quarterback position so they are better
prepared for the next level of play; The coaches left no stone unturned
as they ran the quarterbacks through a variety of drills covering every
scenario they will face in a game situation. We highly recommend the
QB-1 Quarterback Challenge to any quarterback who is looking to improve
his game and prepare himself for the next level." -Shannon and Kim
Owen, Parents of Seth Owen, East Henderson High School and Pembrook
College quarterback. (2012 Winner of the QB1 Challenge)
QB1 Challenge greatly benefited my son and helped him reach his
potential going into his senior year. The instruction he received was
top shelf and the day was very well organized. The quarterback drills
the young men competed in challenged them on all levels; their mental
understanding of the game, arm strength, accuracy as well as their
athleticism. I felt like all the young men benefited by participating
in the QB1 Challenge and as a parent of a high school quarterback, I
would like to encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful
resource we have in the state of South Carolina." - David Rowe,
Father of Caleb Rowe, Blue Ridge High School and University of Maryland
Quarterback. (2011 Winner of the QB1 Challenge)
"Last year,
our two varsity quarterbacks competed in the QB1 challenge. I was
amazed at the design and structure of this event as compared to so many
others. While all of the quarterbacks competed in the skills
competition, they were also educated and instructed by the staff of the
QB1 challenge. As a coach. I especially appreciated the fact that our
quarterbacks received such great feedback as they competed to be QB1.
The specialized instruction and mental training sets this event apart
from all the other "meat market" type of camps and combines."- Jeff
Calabrese, Head Football, Hartsville High School
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This is a non-contact event; no special equipment needed other
than cleats (will be on a turf field). Quarterbacks are encouraged to
bring their favorite ball if they have one.
Hydration is available to participants. Lunch will not be served.
Seth Owen, (East Henderson, NC) Pembrook
Dylan Thompson, (Boiling Springs HS) University of South Carolina
Caleb Rowe, (Blue Ridge HS) University of Maryland
Zach Lappin, (Easley HS) Mars Hill
Reese Hannon, (Greer HS) Furman University
W.T. Murden, (Airport HS) Newberry College
Ky Tyler, (Columbia HS) Texas Tech
Hunter Townes, (Christ Church) Furman University
Adrian Kollock, (Spartanburg HS) South Carolina State
Logan Hall, (Laurens HS) Coastal Carolina
Arimis Hillary, (Strom Thurmond HS) Coastal Carolina
Jay Spearman, (Greenwood HS) University of South Carolina