Tuesday, May 22, 2007

I never said I wouldn't pander

Here's a tidbit for you San Luis Obispo High football folks.

In the background of the Tigers' CIF-Southern Section Division II semifinal boys tennis loss to Diamond Bar, the San Luis Obispo football team was beginning its second week of spring workouts.

It was hard not to keep my eyes on the court with some of the competitive play going on, so I only heard the football team counting out jumping jacks or something like that. So no scouting report.

But football conversation did wander over to the tennis courts eventually, and a few details leaked out. In the race to replace departed senior Conner Reese, a school record-holder in multiple passing categories, there is a good, old-fashioned quarterback controversey.

Sources close to the team say it's neck and neck between incoming senior Jake Miller, who backed up Reese last season and racked up 67 tackles and three interceptions from his safety spot, and junior David Schultz, who battted .378 in 74 at-bats on the baseball team this spring.

Neither has too much of a size advantage. According to MaxPreps.com, Schultz is 6 feet, 1 inch and 170 pounds. Miller, who played half of last season after a blow to the throat left him with a vocal chord injury, measured 6-1, 173 in the fall.

Miller completed two of three passes behind Reese for 15 yards and a touchdown, a 10-yard strike to fullback Mac Sutcliffe in a 43-10 blowout of San Marcos. Schultz, who played junior varsity football in the fall, kept his arm in shape this spring by going 2-1 on the mound for the Tigers. His 3.98 ERA was third on the team.

Whichever quarterback wins the job, he'll have huge shoes to fill and high expectations. The Tigers return the best group of All-County players next season and no doubt look to compete for the PAC 7 title again.


Anonymous said...

After reading the last sentence of your blog it became evident that the obvious choice would be the Senior Jake Miller. They both are good. But this should be a Senior heavy team this year.

Anonymous said...

Obvious? Thanks for the input, Jake's Dad. It may not be Miller Time yet so put that one back in the fridge for now. Perhaps we should let the kids work it out on the field and let the coaches make their own decision.

Anonymous said...

It's not Jake's dad. I just noticed how skinny the Shultz kid is. He hasn't taken a hit from a 250 pound 18 year old yet? I don't know if that body can hold up. Miller is returning starter that brings the wood on defense, a tough kid.

Anonymous said...

Shultz looked fine at the recent SLO passing tournament. So did Miller. But Miller is an excellent defender and a really good receiver. I say Shultz at QB and Miller plays both ways, Wide out and Safety.