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
"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
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
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
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