2016 Tiger Football Position-by-Position Preview: Quarterbacks
Part one in a ten part series previewing the 2016 St. Xavier Football Tigers: Quarterbacks
Over the next week we will be featuring several positions for the 2016 Tiger Football team as they approach the upcoming season.
- Desmond Ridder scrambles against Henry Clay last season. | WSTX Sports File Photo
The quarterback position is arguably the most important part of a team. The quarterback is expected to be a leader on and off the field and is expected to make big plays when it counts. With this in mind, Tiger Football is excited to return dual-threat quarterback Desmond Ridder as its signal caller. In his second year, Ridder looks to take advantage of offensive coordinator Dave Nurnberg’s fast paced scheme
Desmond Ridder 6’4 , 190 Sr.
Jack Albers 5’11 , 146 Jr.
Keegan Sullivan 6-0, 158 So.
John Kleine-Kracht 5’8 , 165 Jr.
“Our goal this year is to finish every drive and to win state.” – Desmond Ridder
Ridder has faced position battles every year he has been on the varsity team and this year will be no different. Although Ridder will have the initial edge, he will slug it out with Junior Jack Albers for the starting job.
Both players have similar playing styles as dual-threat quarterbacks. Ridder stands at 6’4″ and is the stronger gunslinger between the two. With his big body and strong arm, he will be able to easily find open receivers and string the ball into tight spaces if need be. He said a goal of his was to lessen the amount of turnovers from last year and with the work he has put in this offseason, it will be no surprise to see him do so. Albers will need to prove that he is capable of throwing against varsity defenses after playing as the JV quarterback this past season. Although, he does possess many tools as an accurate passer that he will be able to use along with his great speed and quickness as a runner.
Another interesting piece to look at will be the development of sophomore Keegan Sullivan. Sullivan is a lanky player, but one that will fight for his role on the depth chart. He is definitely your conventional pocket passer, but looks to improve his other facets of the game as the season progresses.
Overall, it is a promising season for the Tiger Quarterbacks. Ridder and Albers will both benefit from the competition for the starting job. This should have Tiger Nation on the edge of their seats as we look ahead to the start of the season. No matter who ends up under center, Coach Nurnberg will have them and the whole Tiger Offense ready when St. X opens their season against Lexington Catholic on Friday, August 26th@ Lexington Catholic.