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Quarterbacks go to school to learn proper techniques, mechanics

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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There?s little debate about what the most important position is on a football team. Like a pitcher on a baseball team or a goalie in hockey, the most important player on a football team is the quarterback. About two dozen youth quarterbacks from the area participated in West Coast Youth Football?s quarterback school held June 29-30 at Vista del Lago High. All but a few of the quarterbacks were from Folsom and El Dorado Hills, which means coaches Chris Jones of Vista del Lago and Mark Watson of Oak Ridge were teaching local football players who should help their teams this upcoming season. Varsity quarterbacks Justin Moore and Dylan Sipes of Vista and Oak Ridge, respectively, were also on hand to help with the training. The quarterbacks, ranging in age from second graders to tenth graders, learned what it takes to play the position, working a lot on footwork, technique and skills needed to do everything from taking the snap to following through on a pass. Jones and Moore worked with the younger quarterbacks, while Watson and Sipes had the older group. ?We did some footwork drills, including jump roping, to work on foot quickness and spent a lot of time on throwing mechanics,? Watson said. ?We also worked on taking a snap, one, three and five-step drops and throwing on the run and also on throwing the quick out, the hitch and the slant.? For those who were interested, West Coast Youth Football offered an Advanced Passing School for quarterbacks and receivers, which began Monday and wraps up this morning at Oak Ridge High.