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Quarterback capsules: Experience under Center

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 5:23 p.m. CST

Drew David - Kaneland

Year: Senior

Height / Weight: 5-11, 170

Career starts: 23 games

2012 stats: 10 games, 1,898 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, 401 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns.

Most memorable game: "I think I'd probably have to say Morris was one of the most memorable games, just because of the fact that both teams were undefeated and it was for the conference championship and that was one of our goals coming into the season. So for us to be able to accomplish that was pretty cool."

Biggest mentor: "Coach Delaney. He's kind of the quarterbacks coach here and he doesn't sometimes get around to all the practices ... he's probably been there for me, we're pretty close so we have a pretty good relationship and we understand each other. He's helped me a lot."

Most important thing you've learned: "Just don't worry about any other game than the game you've got coming up that week. I think that was a huge thing. That's something we're really focusing on this year."

Coach Tom Fedderly's take: "With Drew, he's always really prepared. He's a kid that puts in all the time in the offseason and his leadership from the sophomore year to now is the biggest thing that has grown. The kids really look up to him. He's a big leader, he's headed everything for us in the offseason."

Griffin McNeal - Genoa-Kingston

Year: Junior

Height / Weight: 6-3, 190

Career starts: 2 games

2012 stats: 2 games, 183 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 36 rushing yards

Most memorable game: "I think it was probably the first game I started for varsity at Harvard. I had a really bad game, had four turnovers, but that's the game I've learned a lot from."

Biggest mentor: "I'd say probably my dad. He was my coach for probably five or six years when I was a kid and taught me a lot of footwork and taught me what I need to know about the game, situational stuff."

Most important thing you've learned: "I'd say definitely just doing your job. Control what you're able to control."

Coach Travis Frederick's take: "Assuming that Griffin stays the starting quarterback, [the two starts in 2012] definitely help. The work he's put in this summer has been tremendous and it's definitely showing in his confidence and the way he commands the team. You ask that from your quarterback, they're the guy with the ball in their hand every play."

Mike Mercado - Hiawatha

Year: Senior

Height / Weight: 5-9, 180

Career starts: 18 games

2012 stats: 9 games, 1,296 passing yards, 7 passing touchdowns

Most memorable game: "Probably our Christian Liberty game. I threw for like 206 yards. It was just a really good game for me and our whole entire team and we stuck together and pulled it through. It was a great feeling that day."

Biggest mentor: "No questions asked it's definitely my head coach [Sean Donnelly]. He's been an incredible coach to me. He's helped me with pressure and he's been patient with me if I had to learn a play. We're best buds too and now it's my senior year."

Most important thing you've learned: "You're not always going to have as much time as you want to throw the ball. You have to kind of improvise sometimes. That's probably the biggest thing I've learn."

Coach Sean Donnelly's take: "We've got a great quarterback. He knows the pre-snap reads and what to do. He knows where there are weaknesses on the defense and he goes out and attacks them very well. It helps that he can move around in the pocket and get away from the pass rush that tends to sometimes get through on us."

Devin Mottet - Sycamore

Year: Senior

Height / Weight: 6-2, 200

Career starts: 11 games

2012 stats: 11 games, 1,410 passing yards, 15 passing touchdowns

Most memorable game: "It wasn't a great memory, but it had to be Montini last year."

Biggest mentor: "The person I can't even give enough thanks to is Ryan Bartels. He was there when I was a freshman. He's really put me under his wing. He's at North Dakota playing right now and he's been a great role model. He told me what to do and taught me everything I know pretty much."

Most important thing you've learned: "Keep your emotions. Everybody's looking at you if you're a quarterback and you need to keep calm and lead by example."

Coach Joe Ryan's take: "He's a two-sport athlete. You have to keep in mind that last year, he was dealing with that ankle injury after Week 3. The biggest thing with Devin is the maturity he brings to the position."

Jack Sauter - DeKalb

Year: Senior

Height / Weight: 6-0, 200

Career starts: 9 games

2012 stats: 9 games, 1,251 passing yards, 9 passing touchdowns, 350 rushing yards, 8 rushing touchdowns

Most memorable game: "This might not be what people expect, but I would say the Galesburg game because that was a good team that we played and it was that first game. We came out and played really well and set ourselves up with a good chance to win. A lot of guys stepped up and made plays."

Biggest mentor: "Definitely Don Beebe. I've been to his camp for about a year and a half now and he's such a great guy and a great coach too. He's helped me not only with my passing and my feet and the physical aspects of quarterbacking, but the mentality, helping with confidence and that demeanor you have to have to be an effective leader."

Most important thing you've learned: "I would say definitely resiliency in a game. That happened to us a lot last year, we'd get up and the other team would retaliate and we'd kind of get down. That's something we're going to take into this year is just being resilient and withstanding runs from different teams, coming back and being able to win games."

Coach Matt Weckler's take: "Jack's a very smart football player. He knows the game. There's a lot of things that I did not have to tell him and it's nice coming into a program where the quarterback's already telling me 'Hey, they're in a cover-2, this is probably what we should look for and this is our reads.' "

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