Posted: Aug 7, 2012 5:01 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Aug 7, 2012 5:05 PM
To most educated True Blue fans there are three quarterbacks going for the top spot. The one everyone forgets about is Jalen Whitlow. Also a freshman like Patrick Towles, and also like Towles a great athlete.
But, there is something he doesn't like. Don't call him an athlete first and a quarterback second.
"It's bittersweet because I think I can play pure quarterback," says Whitlow who led his team to the state championship in Alabama last year.
"But, people label me as an athlete because in my senior year I played wide receiver too, and I ran a lot. I ran a lot. But I understand."
Jalen looks every bit of his 210 pounds. Says he's strong. You find that out quickly when you meet him and shake his hand. He can break your hand. He smiles and says he gets that from his father.
"My Dad, his hand is like the size of my head so."
It's really important for freshman not to think that the game is too big for them. That often has a lot to do with them watching for a season. If you think it's too big for you, it usually is.
"To be honest, I'm not really nervous at all. Once I learn what to do and the system, I'll be good. I'm not nervous at all."
Whitlow is too talented to sit. If down the road he isn't playing quarterback, and Joker promised him a legitimate shot, it's easy picturing him as a wide receiver.
"Upset? I don't know if upset is the word. I don't know. I won't be upset, but I will get over it. I will do what the coaches tell me to do because that's who I am."
There can't be very many, if any quarterbacks in America that run a 4.45 in the 40 at his size.