2013 Watch List: The Quarterbacks
by Vince Pellegrini (@Vince_MYVS)
The following athletes are players whom you should become aware of entering the 2013 season. This is not a list of the best at their position but a list of those whom I feel are deserving of your attention.
Garrett Beech, SR/United
2012: 1017 passing yards, 1427 rushing yards
…Beech put it all together last season by being named to the Big 22. Now, it’s time to top last year’s results of 1,017 yards through the air and 1,427 stripes on the ground. He totaled 2,444 yards of total offense and crossed the goal line 22 times.
Lamar Carmichael, SR/Warren Harding
2012: 986 passing yards, 60.3 Comp %, 8 TDs
…Carmichael led the Harding offense from his quarterback position to 986 yards with his arm. Lamar lost key contributors (LeShun Daniels and Jalen Powell) but returns Jon Coleman and Marcus Boomer.
Chris Durkin, SR/Ursuline
2012: 887 passing yards, 59.0 Comp %; 722 rushing yards
…The Michigan State commit led the Irish during the regular season with 722 yards rushing and 887 yards passing. Durkin gained 5.9 yards per carry and completed 69 of 117.
Brandon Fuller, SR/Newton Falls
2012: 548 passing yards, 795 rushing yards
…Fuller helped the Tigers by rushing for an average of 6.1 yards per carry (8 TDS) and throwing the football for 55 yards per game.
Collin Gilbert, SR/Crestview
2012: 1006 passing yards, 13 TDs; 1096 rushing yards, 18 TDs
…Gilbert became only the third quarterback in school history to throw for over 1,000 yards, as well as, accumulated over 1,000 yards on the ground (2007: Tony Britton, 2009 & 2010: Carter Hill). Collin nearly had an average of 9 yards per tote.
Jared Graham, JR/Grove City
2012: 614 passing yards, 60.4 Comp%, 7 rushing TDs
…Graham managed the offense well following the departure of Tyler Dagres. Jared completed 32 of 53 passing for 614 yards and 5 scores.
Kimu Kim, SR/Canfield
2012: 495 passing yards, 596 rushing yards
…Kim led Canfield’s offense with 495 yards passing, as well as, 596 yards on the ground. Kimu completed 54 of 114 attempts (47.3%).
Cory Llewellyn, JR/Wilmington
2012: 594 passing yards, 7 TDs
…Cory filled in fine last year replacing Josh Tekac at the quarterback slot. Llewellyn only threw one interception in 75 tries.
Gary Muntean, SR/Struthers
2012: 1176 passing yards, 66.9 Comp %, 12 TDs
…Muntean has completed over 66% in each of his first two seasons as the Wildcats’ signal caller. Last year, he connected on 93 of 139 while finishing third in the American Division with 117.6 passing yards per game.
Asim Pleas, SR/Liberty
2012: 901 passing yards, 63.8 Comp %, 8 TDs
…Pleas finished off a fantastic season for the Leopards by tossing 81 of 127 passes for 901 yards and 8 scores. Asim also ran for 204 yards and 5 TDs.
Hunter Snyder, JR/Springfield
2012: 681 passing yards, 611 rushing yards
…Snyder led the Tigers in passing (681), as well as, rushing (611). Hunter completed 57.4% (66-115) of his passes while scoring 10 touchdowns running the ball.
Trey Staunch, JR/West Middlesex
2012: 1468 passing yards, 60.6 Comp %, 17 passing TDs
…Staunch was a catalyst to the Big Reds’ success last fall. Trey completed 123 of 203 passes for nearly 1500 yards. He also gained another 223 yards on the ground and scored 7 touchdowns with his legs.
Matt Voytik, SR/Hickory
2012: 832 passing yards, 52.0 Comp%, 8 rushing TDs
…As a junior, Voytik took over the quarterback reigns from Mike Nardone and impressed his coaches by leading the Hornets back to the PIAA’s Elite 8. Matt threw for 7 touchdowns and 53 completions in 102 attempts. He was also effective on the ground by gaining 7 yards per carry.
Brennan Wassil, SR/Hubbard
2012: 1518 yards, 62.6 Comp%, 11 passing TDs
…Brennan will look to duplicate the success he had at Kennedy Catholic last year in the coming season. Wassil connected on 109 of 174 pass attempts.
Jacob Wolfe, SR/Poland
2012: 1020 passing yards, 59.7 Comp %, 10 TDs
…Wolfe guided Brungard’s pro-style offense to the post-season. Jacob completed 80 of 134 passes for 1,020 yards and only 4 interceptions.