Looking for a shot of confidence heading into his sophomore season, Jacob Braswell got one at the Duel.
After qualifying for NFA’s international quarterback competition at an immersion camp in Charlotte, Braswell finished in fifth place in his first trip to the Duel.
“I was a little nervous,” he said. “On the first day, I didn’t really do very well. But on the second day, I came out and hit almost every target. It really did boost my confidence. It was a great learning experience. It showed me that I have some stuff to work on, but it also showed me I can hang in there with some good quarterbacks. I hope to be invited again next year and come out No. 1.”
Moving from the Duel into his season at Fuquay-Varina High School in North Carolina, Braswell was the starting JV quarterback and he led the Bengals to a 6-3 record.
“The losses were in the beginning of the season,” Braswell said. “At first, our team wasn’t really connected. It took a little bit of time and then we started rolling and the season ended up being pretty good.”
In addition to being the JV starter, Braswell was a backup quarterback on Fuquay-Varina’s varsity team. His goal is starting for the varsity as a junior.
In order to reach that goal, he is going to work on his throwing and the speed needed to operate the Bengals’ option offense. Braswell is also going to continue training with NFA.
“I started training with NFA last year, and there is an R4 camp coming up that I’ll be going to,” he said. “NFA has helped me to read defenses, which is something I was never really exposed to before. That really helped me throughout the season. I also have a better base and they helped me improve my overall throwing mechanics.”
Next season will be Braswell’s 10th playing quarterback, and he wants to continue making impressive strides in his game.
“I’m really happy with how I played this past season,” Braswell said. “Throughout the time I’ve been playing quarterback, I’ve never really been the full-time starter. This was the first year I actually played whole games instead of parts of games. It was really great. I got a chance to learn more than I ever did.”
Being under center for every snap this past season only strengthened Braswell’s love for playing QB. “I really like being able to be the leader and having people look up to me, and they know they can come to me and I can help them,” he said. “I like being able to take charge and help lead through any situation.”