For a sixth grade quarterback, Shaker Reisig has already compiled quite a resume.
In 2016, he won his first trip to the Duel Quarterback Competition and went on to have a standout season with the Rush-Henrietta Junior Comets in the Rochester (N.Y.) Youth Football League.
This year, Reisig received another Duel invitation, and he finished second among incoming sixth graders at Quarterback Academy’s international competition in Atlanta. “I feel that second place is great, but I could have done better on hitting the targets,” he said. “But getting into the Top 5 in the Duel, just making it into the Duel, boosted my confidence going into the season.”
This season, Reisig is playing for the Ogden Bears, and he quarterbacked his team to an 8-0 record and spot in the regional playoffs. “We have the opportunity to go to Disney for the finals,” Reisig said. “My goal heading into the season was to become a leader on a new team, a team that I have never played with before. I am happy about going undefeated and personally, I’m happy with throwing 3 touchdown passes. We are mainly a ground game team.”
As a sixth grader at Cal-Mum Elementary School in New York, Reisig has also distinguished himself in the classroom. He’s an honor roll student.
“Some mornings before I go to school, my dad (Aron) reminds me to pay attention in school,” Reisig said. “He tells me school is my football practice. I have to do a lot of studying and school work outside of school to stay on the honor roll. I also do a lot of quarterback training when the football season is over to make sure I am well prepared for when the season comes. Extra training and school doesn’t give me a lot of free time with friends and other activities, but I am starting to see it pay off and it is well worth the effort.”
Training with QBA the last two years has also paid off for Reisig, who is wrapping up his sixth season as a Quarterback.
“This year, I went to Quarterback Academy events in Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, New England and the Duel in Georgia,” said Reisig, who received his Duel invite at a Phoenix camp. “I look forward to starting again. NFA has taught me a higher level of QB mechanics and off the field training. My local quarterback coach and I are on the same page with QBA procedures. I love going to QBA events, and all the coaches I have dealt with are great.
“I would like to give special thanks to Coach JC Boice for all the help and encouragement I receive when I am at one of his camps,” Reisig added. “I would also like to thank Coach Jonny Ulibarri for working with me before the Jenks (Okla.) camp. He is great to work with and very patient.”
While he has accomplished so much so soon, Reisig knows there is still plenty of room to improve. “I can accurately throw about 30 yards and with fast receivers, that makes it fun,” he said. “I am working on having my front foot planted before I break and start the J-path motion. And I’m working to stop getting down on myself after a bad play. I am learning to let things go and focus on the plays ahead to keep things going positively.”