Jordan Narramore: Student-Athlete Extraordinaire
by Matt Lombardo
May 3, 2016
The modern day quarterback needs to be a student, coach, athlete, and leader all in one package. They are able to communicate clearly to their offense, read a defense, understand and memorize an extensive playbook, listen to their coaches, and think on their feet, literally. In addition to those pre-requisites, high school and college level quarterbacks must be able to handle a full-time academic workload as well. Oh, not to mention that football activities easily take up around 40 hours per week and it pays nothing, unless you are a professional of course. How is it possible that an individual can survive, much less thrive, being a high school or collegiate level quarterback? It is not such a simple task and Jordan Narramore can testify to that.
Narramore is a born-and-raised San Diegan quarterback who recently graduated from Coronado High School. The now 20 year-old has accomplished many accolades throughout his student-athlete career. A few examples include, playing for the 18U, under 18 years-old, U.S. national team in Austin, Texas during his junior year of high school, achieving Elite 11 status and becoming a top-four quarterback prospect in San Diego county coming out of high school, and winning the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship his freshman year at Humboldt State University, as well first team All-GNAC (Humboldt State Football Conference) academic team. Accolades aside, Narramore's success in collegiate level academics and football proves that he is a dedicated and ambitious young man. Dedication and ambition are just a couple of traits it takes to be a successful quarterback in the collegiate and professional levels of football, it takes a lot more than pure athleticism.
A large majority of quarterbacks at the high school level are phenomenal athletes and enjoy vast amounts of success. However, Narramore argues that playing quarterback "in college is such a mental game" and success is cultivated through studying and learning the offensive scheme and playbook, which is where solid school- skills may help quarterbacks. He also claims that a lot of high school quarterbacks convert to wide receivers in college "because they simply cannot handle the playbooks" at the collegiate level.
Narramore is hoping that his skills and character will guide him to success in his endeavor of transferring from Humboldt State to the University of Hardin Baylor. Jordan Narramore's biggest obstacle that stood in the way of his success during his freshman year was a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Threatening to end his career, Narramore is fighting to conquer the devastating injury and continue his success as a college student as well as a collegiate quarterback, a student-quarterback if you will. However, this young man is very familiar with hard-work and dedication. The very skills that Narramore has learned in being a successful student-quarterback will help in his journey of overcoming a torn ACL and getting back on the field in order to continue playing the intriguing game that turns boys into men: football.
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