Sunday, September 11, 2016

White Plains QB Ready to Step into Starting Role

White Plains Quarterback Jeff Avery looks back to last year’s game against Suffern as his high point. “It was the most playing time I got – cleanup duty in a route,” says the two year backup. But the inevitable roster turnover has him ready to take the helm and make a mess of opponents this fall. “We have very high expectations,” he says.

Coming off a 6-3 season last year, a first round sectional exit was a big disappointment. So as a Quarterback, he understands the demands going in and the pivotal role he occupies in a pinch. “When things are going bad obviously there is pressure, but you have to be able to be a leader and pull them out of it,” he says.

Fortunately, his belief in the ability to make the transition to starter doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Working out all summer with the offense, he says, “They have a lot of confidence in me – I’ve been their quarterback since the 7th grade.”

On the other hand, taking it from the blind side is something that a quarterback must do on his own. “You got to take your lumps and get up every play,” he says.

He considers himself more a passer but his coaches have been drilling a bit more strength and agility into his running game. “I think I can be a lot more versatile this year,” he says. Otherwise, Jeff hopes Division I-A football lays ahead as he definitely will side step into a career in either physical or occupational therapy.

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