Nine KC-area quarterbacks to watch this season
08/26/2013 12:00 AM
08/25/2013 9:49 PM
There isn’t much Davidson doesn’t do well. He eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in both passing and rushing last season while totaling 28 touchdowns. He’s entering his third year as a starter.
•Thomas Ganaden (left), Lee’s Summit West, senior (6-5, 220):
Lee’s Summit West is loaded with skill players who get plenty of notoriety — and deservedly so — but Ganaden is the quiet leader of the offense. He passed for 17 touchdowns a year ago.
•Jared Hobby, Gardner Edgerton, senior (6-0, 202):
Set to start his third season as the Trailblazers’ quarterback, Hobby, who has thrown for more than 2,500 yards in his career, bumped up his completion percentage, yards and touchdowns as a junior. Of course, the main goal is to reach a state final as his career closes.
•Drew Lock, Lee’s Summit, junior (6-4, 195):
Colleges have been hot on Lock since he was a sophomore, and what’s not to like? He has the size and a laser arm to go along with it. Missouri has already made offers to Lock — in football and basketball.
•Dimonic McKinzy, Wyandotte, senior (6-0, 210):
Arguably the most physically gifted athlete playing the position in metropolitan Kansas City, McKinzy has committed to Minnesota. He has speed (4.57 40-yard dash), strength (300-pound bench press) and a cannon for an arm.
•Brian Sharp, Liberty North, junior (6-2, 185):
Nobody’s first-year learning curve took a more drastic turn than Sharp’s last year. He was a turnover machine for the first half of 2012 before settling in nicely to lead the Eagles to four wins in five games.
•Skylar Thompson, Fort Osage, sophomore (6-2, 175):
Before he has even started a varsity game, Thompson has already received college interest. He faces a tough task this season in replacing three-year starter Steven McBee, who led the Indians to the Missouri Class 5 state title game last year.
•Ryan Willis, Bishop Miege, junior (6-4, 195):
Willis, a transfer from Olathe East, is the successor to Montell Cozart (now at Kansas), so he has some notable shoes to fill. Of course, even before he has played a varsity game, Willis has received an offer from Kansas State, where his father played.
•A.J. Verdini, Shawnee Mission West, senior (6-5, 185): Overcoming early-season growing pains as a junior, Verdini quarterbacked the Vikings to the Kansas Class 6A state title last season. Now confident and seasoned, he is poised to take on more of a starring role.
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