March 12, 2008

Young QB to lead promising program

BATON ROUGE, La. - A team's success in the fall is usually directly related to that team's work ethic in the off-season. Another strong indicator of football success derives from the success at the quarterback position. With those two factors in mind, Capitol High School out of Baton Rouge, La. should expect big things for the 2008 football season.

After a year in which Capitol high school finished 7-5 and lost in the second round of the Class 3A State Playoffs, head coach Chad Germany has his team working hard to get back. Just ask one of Capitol's top players in the 2009 class, wide receiver Bradley Brown.

"Coach Germany, he works us hard every day," Brown said. "We never take a day off. Ever day it's hard work, day after day. We should be a lot better this year. I think we should be able to rise to the top."

Offensively, Brown is already a prolific receiver. As a junior he pulled in 73 receptions for 1,302 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also added 36 carries for 256 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

"A big part of my game is my quickness and my hands," he said. "If you're a cornerback and you line up in front of me, I put it in my mind that you're in my world and you're going to do what I want you to do. That's what keeps me going."

It doesn't hurt that Brown has one of the top young quarterbacks in the state throwing the ball in his direction. 2010 prospect Terrance Broadway had a breakout sophomore season piling up over 4,000 yards of total offense with 3,224 passing yards and 788 yards rushing.

Brown thinks that Broadway has Rivals100 potential and if the athletic passer has Rivals100 aspirations, he is modeling his game after a good person.

"[I look up to] Vince Young," Broadway said. "He brings everything to the table. He's a double threat quarterback. He can throw the ball around. He can run it. There's nothing you can really do to stop him. I try to put my best foot forward to be just like him."

As a youngster on his team, Broadway's position dictates that he takes on a leadership role and he has embraced it.

"I bring all I have," he said. "I'm not just going to be a leader on the field. I'm going to be a leader in the classroom and on campus, making sure they get to class on time and making sure they do their work."

Asked if it is difficult to lead older players, Broadway shrugs off the age difference.

"It's not really as hard as you might think because on our team if you respect on person everyone respects you so it's not really that hard being a sophomore quarterback as long as you're doing right."

With high expectations for 2008, both Broadway and Brown have parts of their game that they are focused on improving.

"Right now I'm working on getting better in the weight room," Brown said. "I kind of want to get my bench press up because that's the only thing that's low right now. On the field, running my routes and just keeping in my mind when I'm close to the sideline. Just feeling the sideline and getting my feet down."

Broadway is working right along side his senior receiver and he is targeting every aspect of his game that he can.

"Mostly I'm working on my speed and my throwing motion," said the quarterback prospect. "Everything, footwork, everything you can name."

The recruiting process is still very young for Broadway, but he hopes when things pick up that Florida and Texas will come calling.

"Texas is big," he said. "I watched them when Vince Young was there. I fit their offense with the zone read and Florida with their offense, the same with Tim Tebow. I'm looking for a team that fits my style of a quarterback and a good experienced coach."

As long as the Capitol players continue their off-season workout schedule and as long as they have their young quarterback to lead them, the future looks bright in Baton Rouge.

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