Bjorn Jurgensen is back playing football, and he’s picked right back up as a productive quarterback.
“I’m happy to be back healthy and playing a sport I love,” he said.
A sixth grader at Avalon Middle School in Orlando, Fla., Jurgensen missed last season with a hip injury, but he’s come back strong this year.
Back at QB, he’s helped his Avalon Wolves Junior PeeWee Division 2 team get off to a 5-2 start. “I’m happy that we have players that are willing to work hard as a team,” Jurgensen said. “I love getting the ball to my teammates and scoring touchdowns.
Through the first 7 games of the season, he did just that, completing 45 of 83 passes for 683 yards and 11 TDs. Jurgensen was intercepted only three times during the stretch.
Playing quarterback for four years has helped him overcome last year’s layoff and continue playing at a high level. “It’s trusting the pocket and being able to extend plays if something bad happens,”
Jurgensen said. “It’s relying on my arm strength, accuracy and keeping my eyes down the field. I’m working to improve quickly reading defenses and trusting my line.”
Before the season, Jurgensen received a Duel invite at an NFA camp in Orlando. He finished in third place among incoming sixth graders.
“I think I could have done better,” Jurgensen said. “I have never thrown at stationary targets like that so if I could do it again, I would have practiced more. It made me want to work harder to be the best in the country.”
Training with NFA for the past year has helped him become one of the top sixth grade QBs in the country. “NFA has helped me with my throwing mechanics and staying under control,” Jurgensen said.
An Honor Roll student, Jurgensen’s success in school spills over into football. “Doing well in school helps me understand my playbook, which is 50 plays, and it helps me make quick decisions,” he said.
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