For this spotlight (the 5th in the series), Complete QB interviewed Luke Primerano, the anticipated starting Quarterback at Wayne Valley HS in Wayne, NJ. Despite his years playing the sport and the effort he has given to improving as a Quarterback, he has few stats at the position as he has not played it much. Now, as Luke enters his senior year, he has finally earned the starting spot as a Quarterback in his high school career.
We thank Luke for his participation in this interview.
What made you decide to become a Quarterback? How long have you been playing the position?
I’ve played Quarterback for a couple years when I played at Wayne PAL and Boys Club. The main reason I began playing Quarterback is because our Quarterback transferred to another school my freshman year and I decided to step up and fill the spot since I had some experience in the past. I haven’t had much experience at all in high school since I suffered an injury my freshman year and played WR last year on varsity.
You never started as a Varsity Quarterback. What challenges will you face as a first time starter during your senior year?
I only got a couple snaps at Quarterback last year since I was our starting receiver. There will definitely be some challenges. It is always good for a Quarterback to have some experience. I will definitely face problems such as taking time to get comfortable in the pocket and being able to read defenses since I haven’t done it in the past, but I think they are all things that I can fix and work on throughout the year.
Last year you played at wide receiver. How do you think this is will help you as the Quarterback next season?
Having experience at the wide receiver position can help me a lot next year at Quarterback. It learned a lot about corner and safety tendencies as I faced them throughout the year. It will also allow me to be able to identify what my receivers see and get on the same page as them.
What advice would you give to younger athletes who want to play Quarterback, but are asked to play another position?
I would just tell them to take everything as a learning experience. Every position can help you learn a lot about defenses and what you can run against them. Playing another position can make them a better player at the Quarterback position because they have had experience at the other positions.
Talk about your training and off-season preparation. How are you preparing now to be a better QB in 2012?
I am definitely going to have to work very hard this off-season in order to get the results I want next year. I have a lot I have to work on and I have been trying to better myself by going to Coach Johnston’s group throwing training, individual training and working hard in the weight room. Coach Johnston has helped me with not only my throwing and footwork but also with the mental part of the game.
It is our understanding that you used to experience elbow pain while throwing, but it is no longer an issue. What changes did you make that alleviated that elbow pain?
I experienced elbow pain in the past and I have been able to alleviate that pain due to Coach Johnston’s training and adjustments to my throw. He has been working on getting me to throw more with my body rather than just my arm and has been getting my arm in a better position to throw. Both of those things were reasons which caused that pain and he has definitely helped to alleviate it.
What are your strengths as a Quarterback? Where do you still need improvement?
One of my biggest strengths as a Quarterback is my ability to throw and also having the athletic ability to make plays with my feet. I have a lot to work on such as reading defenses and making the right decisions both of which are a product of my lack of experience.
What do you believe is the most important thing needed to be a great Quarterback?
I think a Quarterback obviously needs to be the most athletic player on the field but most importantly they have to be mentally prepared. They have to know their opponent but also know that they are going to make mistakes. The best kind of Quarterback is the kind that shows tremendous leadership when things aren’t going right and can put the interceptions and bad decisions behind them and move on.
Luke Primerano will be entering his senior year at Wayne Valley HS this fall. It will be the first time that he starts as a Quarterback during his high school career. Having receieved some looks as a receiver, Luke is hopeful that this one year opportunity at Quarterback will allow him to continue on to a collegiate career playing football.
Luke is a prime example of an athlete who took the opportunities afforded to him while striving to be more. Being a Quarterback is not an easy thing. It takes a lot of determination and often a lot of patience. Sometimes it takes the ability to see beyond the opportunities that are right in front of you – because they may not always be the opportunity you want. Take every chance you are given to get better. It worked for Luke and we look forward to seeing how he does this season.