The quarterback position is usually known as the big man on campus.
Not sure of Hunter Rodriguez’s stature within the Desert Vista hallways, but the junior left-hander fits the bill when it comes to being the big man.
Rodriguez was named the team’s starting quarterback after Wednesday’s scrimmage against Tucson Ironwood Ridge. Last season's JV starting quarterback had the most consistent camp out of the three candidates.
If nothing else, Rodriguez looks the part of a Division I prospect at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, a noticeable size difference than the other two, and Hinds did say it played a bit part in making the decision.
“Hunter is a good leader and commands a presence in the pocket,” Hinds said. “He can definitely see over the line and he has good vision.”
Senior Harrison Hays will be the varsity backup and sophomore Matt Young will be the junior varsity starter.
Hays had not been in the program for about 15 months after taking care of some personal business, so while Young will get a chance to gain experience while playing every week.
“Matt is a great competitor had a lot of tools,” Hinds said. “He’s is a good runner and has a strong arm. This is a great opportunity to continue to progress and enhance his ability to run a team.”
Hinds said he was satisfied overall with the team’s performance in Tucson on Wednesday.
“The offensive line played well and hard,” the 10th year coach said. “There were mistakes across the board. We have seen them, know what they are, addressed them and now we can fix them.”
Hinds couldn’t remember exactly how the scoring went in the scrimmage, but said it was a pretty even, back-and-forth scrimmage.
“We learned a lot about some kids and have a better of feel of where our team is right now,” Hinds said.
The Thunder, coming off a 2-8 season, open the year at home on Friday, Aug. 27 against Tucson.
Jason P. Skoda, Ahwatukee Foothills News