Mikie Kovich gets the OpC4 edge

After quarterbacking Woodgrove (Virginia) High School’s freshman team to a 6-2 record this past year while throwing for 1,677 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushing for 614 yards and 7 more scores, Mikie Kovich can’t wait to compete for the varsity job next season. He will be very well prepared to make the push.

Kovich was one of 19 quarterbacks from around the country invited to NFA’s first annual OpC4 camp that was held in Tampa from Jan. 1-4. It was an experience he won’t soon forget.

OpC4 is built on the four key words that NFA believes reflect the best attributes of great quarterbacks and great men – Confidence, Character, Consistency and Commitment. The camp provided a tempo and installation challenge that would be similar to a college-level training experience.

“I loved it,” Kovich said. “I thought it was great. It was more advanced in the defensive sense than any other camp I’ve ever been to, learning how to look through the defense and know what to do. It was a great experience.”

All of the quarterbacks that went to OpC4 talked about how difficult the camp was, but in a good way. “It was crazy intense,” Kovich said. “We had to wake up early and when we were doing all of our drills and workouts you had to be intense or you just could not hang.”

As you’d expect, OpC4 was football intensive. But there was much more to the camp than high-level instruction playing quarterback and figuring out what the defense is trying to do.

Learning to lead

“We learned how to look at defenses, and we also learned a lot about leadership,” Kovich said. “We learned how to pay attention to the other guys. We even took notes on each other, and that allowed us to learn more about each other.”

Quarterbacks tend to be judged on their passing yards and touchdown totals, but leadership is an equally important skill. “I think leadership is more important for that (QB) position than at any other position in any other sport,” Kovich said. “If you’re going to be a good quarterback you have to be a leader or you won’t get the respect and the trust from your teammates that you need. If you want any kind of healthy relationship with your teammates, you’re going to have to lead them and they’re going have to trust you.”

The timing of the OpC4 camp couldn’t have been better for Kovich. As the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder prepares to make the jump from freshman football to the varsity, he learned many valuable lessons that should help him clear any hurdles.

“I think the OpC4 gives me a big head start,” Kovich said. “Nothing against the guy I’m competing with, but he didn’t go to the OpC4 camp and he didn’t learn the leadership and everything else I learned there. I think that definitely gives me an edge.”

Kovich can’t wait to get back on the field to prepare for his sophomore year. “I’m ready to go,” he said. “I’ve been ready since the end of last season. The season never stops, you know?”