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Trosin ready to lead Bulldogs

By: Matt Long
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Folsom High’s varsity football program has had quite a run on solid quarterbacks the last six years with the likes of Dano Graves, David Graves, Cary Grossart and Britt Donato running the offense. This year it’s Tanner Trosin’s turn and he’s excited to have the chance to quarterback what has become one of the top offenses in the Sac-Joaquin Section over the last few years. Trosin, 17, played receiver and defensive back a year ago, and saw a lot of action at quarterback in the fourth quarter of nearly every game, completing 14-of-19 passes for 333 yards and two scores. He also rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns on 41 carries. The 6-foot, 175 pound right-handed quarterback has all the tools to lead the Folsom offense, according to his coach, Kris Richardson. “There are three things we look for in a quarterback and Tanner’s absolutely got all three,” Richardson said. “We look for accuracy, intelligence and knowledge of the system and athletic ability. It’s not about arm strength; it’s about accuracy. If he’s smart and has knowledge of the system, we feel a quarterback will be successful. Obviously, we ask our quarterback to do a lot of running and Tanner is athletic enough to do that. He’s also got some confidence and a swagger and that’s good too. If we can protect him, I think he will be successful and I feel like he will be a heck of a quarterback.” Trosin can hardly wait for the season to start. “I’m just really excited to finally get my turn and I’m ready to go,” Trosin said. “I’ve prepared a lot and I’m ready to go out and do my thing.” Trosin has had a busy offseason. Not only has he hit the weight room and gotten stronger, but he’s put in countless hours throwing to his receivers, especially senior wideout Carson McMurtrey, who’s taking the place of graduated senior Kori Babineaux this season. “Tanner is a really good quarterback,” McMurtrey said. “At the Cal camp I don’t think he had too many incomplete passes. He was right on the money. We’ve spent the summer working out together and that’s where a lot of the success has come from.” Richardson is also pleased with the work that Trosin has done. “Tanner’s done everything right in terms of preparing for the season,” Richardson said. “He’s worked hard in the weight room. He’s spent a lot of time studying our system and understanding everything and he’s worked a lot with his receivers, Carson McMurtrey, J’Juan Muldrow, Doug Vernon and Phillip Carter. That preparation showed at the Cal camp when he just lit it up and did a fantastic job.” Trosin also had time to go to the Elite 11 Camp at Stanford, as well as camps for San Jose State, Sac State and Oregon State and felt he performed well, capped off by his performance at Cal. “Our offense looked sweet and so did our defense,” Trosin said. “We lit it up and no team could really stop us. It was really fun.” While Dano Graves was more of a quiet leader, Trosin plays with more emotion, as Richardson called him a fiery leader. There are more differences to their games, but one thing for sure is that neither Trosin nor Richardson is thinking about what Graves accomplished last year. “I don’t feel any extra pressure because of what Dano or the team did last year,” Trosin said. “I play to my own abilities and not to anyone else’s. My only goals this season are taking each game one at a time, week by week, preparing the best that I can so we can go out and dominate.” Richardson added, “I don’t believe Tanner should feel any extra pressure because of Dano’s numbers or last year’s team and I hope he doesn’t. We’ve had a great run of quarterbacks and now it’s Tanner’s turn. All he has to do is go out and execute the offense. Anyone who knows Tanner knows he’s a high-energy guy. If there’s a difference between he and Dano it’s that; Dano was more of a quiet leader where Tanner is fiery. The kids responded to Dano last year and they’ll respond to Tanner this year.” Tanner said he’s received interest from a few schools, but said most of his scholarship chances depend on how he performs this season.