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GMAN12
10-06-2012, 17:38
Just have to brag a little. Pretty proud of my grandson. Article in Free Press says he is "states best option quarterback in 30 years.


Mick McCabe: The option is clear at 5-1 Woodhaven
By Mick McCabe Detroit Free Press Sports Writer

1:00 AM, Oct. 05, 2012 EDT

Start naming the state's top quarterbacks and I will guarantee you are missing one of the best.

Your list undoubtedly names all of the state's top passers, and that is why you are missing Woodhaven's Nick Maher.

In six games, Maher is only 10-for-25 for 151 yards, which is a first half for a lot of guys. But Maher's value can't be measured in passing stats. It is measured in results.

Last week against an unbeaten Wyandotte team that had drilled Woodhaven six straight times, Maher engineered an offense that produced 733 rushing yards.

Woodhaven runs the true triple option, and Maher, 6-feet-2, 215 pounds, is the state's best option quarterback since Rich Hewlett performed his magic at Plymouth Salem more than 30 years ago.

Overall this season, Maher has 1,086 rushing yards on 110 carries; against Wyandotte, he gained an incredible 342 on 30 carries.

"I knew I had a lot, because I had three long runs," Maher said. "I didn't think I had 300. I thought maybe I had 200. I thought Mickey was leading us. I guess not."

He was referring to tailback Mickey Sutton, who had quite a night himself with 277 yards.

Coach Keith Christnagel and offensive coordinator Phil Short looked at Maher as a freshman and knew he was the quarterback of the future, so they inserted a few option plays into the junior varsity playbook.

Maher handled those plays fine, and when he became the varsity starter as a sophomore, the Warriors went to the option full bore.

"Coach Short taught us little by little," Maher said. "Every year we learn more and more about it. Sophomore year, we came in and he kind of taught us the basics. The better I do the more he's going to give me to handle. This year he must trust me a lot."

This year, the coaches trust him with their lives, and he has delivered with a 5-1 record and likely the school's first league title since 1991 when the Warriors were in the Northwest Suburban League.

Unlike the wing-T where the quarterback can be the worst athlete on the team as long as he can hand off and carry out fakes, to run the option effectively the quarterback must be the smartest player -- does he give it to the fullback, does he keep it, or does he pitch it? And it would help if he is the best athlete, too.

"I read the option more," Maher said. "It comes with experience. The more teams know what we're doing, the harder it gets. But when teams know what we're doing, they have assignments, so then we know what they're doing, too. If they don't know what they're doing and they're just flying around, it's almost harder."

There is one more attribute a quarterback must have to excel in the option -- he must be the toughest kid on the field because he gets hit on every play.

"When I have the ball, I get hit more," Maher said. "But when I read and pitch, I still get hit. One, they always come after me to get me out of the game and, two, they're just doing their responsibilities."

And Maher is carrying out the only responsibility he cares about: winning games.

Make sure he is on your list.

Contact Mic

8-Ball
10-06-2012, 18:23
Just have to brag a little. Pretty proud of my grandson.

You should be. :thumbsup:

Rec4LMS
10-07-2012, 10:00
That's awesome news! Give your grandson a pat on the back from me.

captainstormy
10-07-2012, 10:44
Awesome. You should make sure to get some college talent scouts there in his junior or senior year. With talent like that I'm sure somewhere will want him. Lots of college teams love the option.

97XJ_Sport
10-07-2012, 12:21
That's awesome, but do your grandson a favor and get him in some passing clinics!

GMAN12
10-07-2012, 13:01
He is a senior this year and through the last 3 years he has been interviewed by U of Penn. and twice by Georgia Tech, He has been invited to 3 or 4 media and scouting clinics, twice to Chicago, Mich. State and once to Penn. He did a lot of passing the last 3 years when the rest of the team wasn't ready now the whole team clicks.

M&P Shooter
10-07-2012, 13:01
When he makes the NFL and big bucks don't forget to mention to him you like guns instead of sweaters for Christmas:supergrin:

GMAN12
10-07-2012, 13:03
I already thought about ammo and a helo to get me to the range.:rofl:

97XJ_Sport
10-07-2012, 13:13
He is a senior this year and through the last 3 years he has been interviewed by U of Penn. and twice by Georgia Tech, He has been invited to 3 or 4 media and scouting clinics, twice to Chicago, Mich. State and once to Penn. He did a lot of passing the last 3 years when the rest of the team wasn't ready now the whole team clicks.

That's good to know. It seems that most College and pro teams are increasingly pass first teams these days.