What do you get when you put a very good quarterback on a very good team? Devin Rasmussen and the San Joaquin Jr. Rams is an accurate answer.
Bolstered by the strong play of Rasmussen under center, the Rams won their first 10 games of the season while climbing to No. 3 overall in the Northern California Bay Area 10U power rankings.
“The thing I’m happiest about with my team is that we all play together,” Rasmussen said. “Everyone does a good job at doing their job and we all have fun together.”
Winning games is always fun, and Rasmussen has done his part to help the Rams by completing 67 percent of his passes for 587 yards and 11 touchdowns with only 1 interception through 10 games.
“The thing I’m happiest about for me for this season is I think I’m doing a good job running the offense and contributing to our team’s success,” he said.
A fifth grader at Marion Mix Elementary School in Elk Grove, Calif., Rasmussen has a 3.5 GPA this year. Doing so well in school has helped him through his four seasons of playing quarterback.
“I like the responsibility that comes with being a quarterback,” Rasmussen said. “I think my strength is my composure in the pocket. I don’t see a lot of my peers looking as relaxed as I do when being rushed. The thing I need to improve on is my speed so I’m a better threat once I get outside of the pocket. I also want to become a better leader.”
Training with QBA at six camps over the last three years has helped Rasmussen become a better QB and a better leader. “QBA has helped not only with my confidence, but also teaching me the basic fundamentals of the position,” he said.
Rasmussen qualified for his first Duel at a QBA camp in Oakland. He placed fifth among incoming fourth/fifth graders at the July competition in Atlanta.
“My goal going into the Duel was to be a finalist,” Rasmussen said. “I’m very proud to have achieved that goal. Doing well at the Duel boosted my confidence. It showed me that I am a good quarterback for my age group and that I belong at the position.”