Already an experienced quarterback at a young age, Luke Knight is used to dealing with the pressures that come with playing the demanding position.

But when he arrived in Atlanta for his first Duel competition this summer and saw all of the talent from around the country, Knight had a natural reaction. “I feel I could have done better due to being nervous,” he said.

But even as he battled an expected case of nerves, Knight still managed to finish third in a very competitive group of incoming seventh graders. “I like that I placed in the Top 3,” he said. “It boosted my confidence heading into the season and it showed me I can be even better when I perform at my best.”

An honor roll student at John Long Middle School in Wesley Chapel, Fla., Knight played QB for the South Pasco Predators this season. While helping his team to a 6-2 record, he passed and ran for roughly 1,000 yards.

Reaching the regional championship was a big goal heading into the season, and Knight and the Predators reached that goal.

Knight has played quarterback for four years, and there is little doubt he’s found a home at the key position. “I am very vocal and I like to be the leader of my team,” he said. “You get to lead the team and you control the ball every play. You also get to serve your teammates the most.”

For as good as he was this season – starting with the strong showing at the Duel – Knight knows he has more work to do. “I’m working to improve my skills on reading the defense when the ball is snapped and finding the open receiver,” he said. “I’m also working on getting my arm to 90 degrees during the J-path and setting the lead foot hallway.”

Training with QBA has helped accelerate Knight’s already impressive development. He’s worked with QBA for two years, and qualified for the Duel in Orlando. “Training with QBA, I learned the proper footwork, throwing mechanics and learned the basics of reading a defense,” Knight said. “I have also started to implement the R4 system.”

Performing so well in school has helped Knight perform at a high level on the football field. “School teaches you how to handle problem solving and what to do during adversity,” he said.