What It Takes To Become A Collegiate Quarterback – SCHEELS Expert Michael Petersen

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I’m one of the lucky football players who is privileged enough to say that I made it to the college level. Growing up and watching college football, I never thought that I could actually be a college quarterback.

SCHEELS Football Expert Michael Petersen tells his story on how he became a college quarterback.

I’m one of the lucky football players who is privileged enough to say that I made it to the college level. Growing up and watching college football, I never thought that I could actually be a college quarterback. It was one of those dreams that always seemed so far fetched that, until I signed my Letter of Intent to the University of Central Missouri, I didn’t think it was going to come true. I owe a lot of people credit for molding me into the player that I became: my parents, my coaches and my teammates. All of those people instilled a few traits that I think were vital to getting me to the college level.

Learn to Love the Grind

Let’s be honest, it’s not very fun waking up at 5:30 am for workouts. It’s not very fun waking up to meet with your receivers to throw routes before school starts. It’s not very fun doing extra conditioning after practice. But, if you can find a way to enjoy the process, you will be more willing to go that extra mile. Find a group of friends to push you. Make a competition between you and your teammates during different drills. Find whatever gets you motivated to get off of the couch and get on the field, because you know what is fun? WINNING!

Be a Perfectionist

Don’t let yourself be satisfied with good. As a quarterback, every little detail matters and you have to hold yourself to a higher standard than the rest of your team. You are not always going to have a coach around when you are training. If you can learn to only accept perfection on every rep, in every drill, that will translate to the game field.

Have a Short Memory

Interceptions are going to happen. Overthrows are going to happen. Defensive misreads are going to happen. One of the things that separates the really good quarterbacks from the average quarterbacks is the ability to forget about mistakes and be mentally prepared to make the next play. It is a difficult skill to learn but imperative to having success on the field.

Ultimately, you have full control of how far you make it. If you have the dedication and the work ethic, you will be amazed at some of the things you can do.

“Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.” – Tim Notke

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