When he stepped under center in 2018, David Ternosky was uniquely prepared for his second season of tackle football.
Over the previous five years, he worked with Gladiator Sports Training under the guidance of coach Nick Bryant. Ternosky also took the time necessary to prepare for football season.
“Gladiator Sports was founded on the philosophy that a strong athletic foundation must be built before implementing too much game play,” he said. “That’s why I concentrated more on training and development at this young stage and less on accumulating any personal stats.”
The statistics will likely be very impressive in seasons to come, but Ternosky continues to build a strong base while developing into a solid QB.
“I train every day,” said Ternosky, who calls Uniontown, Ohio home. “I look forward to working with the NFA staff and coaches in 2020 and beyond.”
Working to improve his quarterback skills have reached beyond training with NFA.
“Over the past year, I learned to hit a baseball 260 feet and throw a baseball 64 miles per hour,” Ternosky said. “I trained my arm to throw a high school size football 30 yards and worked tirelessly at drills to try and perfect footwork both in the pocket and on the run.”
In addition to the massive amount of time he has put in with Gladiator Sports, Ternosky added even more knowledge and skill when he started training with NFA in 2018.
“NFA has made me a better quarterback by breaking down my throwing mechanics and footwork and giving me pointed direction in order to perfect it,” he said. “The basics of the R4 system have accelerated my learning of defenses and given me a better overall understanding of the position. The NFA coaching staff has really fueled my passion for football, and most importantly, NFA’s message of leadership traits, accountability and strong Christian beliefs have added the most to my ability to be a QB.”
Earning a Duel bid at a three-day camp in Charlotte, N.C. last March, Ternosky finished in second place among incoming fifth graders at NFA’s July showcase competition held in Nashville.
“It was a serious confidence boost for me, and it gave me a gauge as to where my training has me positioned within my age group,” said Ternosky, a Sraight-A student at Green Intermediate School. “I am sure my confidence will carry over to the upcoming football season but finishing second at the Duel leaves room for improvement and will act as an igniter to help get me better.”
Needless to say, Ternosky was looking forward to putting on the pads and getting on the field for the Bulldogs last season.
“I am going to strive to better my teammates and better my team with my efforts, on and off the field,” he said. “And of course, I want to move the chains.”
When he looks back on the season, Ethan Fritz is going to have multiple reasons to be proud.
In July, the quarterback from Brunswick, Ohio, finished in first place at the Duel, NFA’s showcase competition in Atlanta.
“Winning the Duel, it reassured me how much my hard work has paid off and gave me the desire to keep going,” Fritz said. “I am confident in the abilities I have been acquiring through hard work with this accomplishment, and I appreciate the help I’ve gotten from my parents, teammates and coaches.”
After coming out on top among incoming freshmen at the Duel, Fritz quarterbacked the Brunswick High School frosh football team to a 7-3 record.
“I am really proud with how much we improved as a team and built chemistry together,” he said. “As an individual, I am happy with how much better I have gotten going through my progressions and how much better my footwork has gotten.”
While guiding the Blue Devils to a winning record, Fritz showed impressive precision while completing 71 of 93 passes (76 percent) for 1,301 yards and 15 touchdowns. The numbers would have been even better, but he was lifted early in seven games after Brunswick built lopsided leads.
Fritz also put up stellar stats on the ground, rushing for 642 yards and 9 TDs.
It was a great season in every aspect, not that the rising QB is completely satisfied. “I’m working to improve my footwork, my skills on reading defenses, my mechanics, my pocket presence, and my overall skill of being a team leader,” Fritz said.
In the seven years he has been playing quarterback, Fritz has made steady improvement in all phases of his game. “I think I’ve gotten better and better keeping my composure under pressure,” he said. “I have the ability to process information quickly, and I typically make good decisions on the field. There are times I try to do too much in tough situations, but I’m realizing there will be another down.”
Training with NFA since he was in the fourth grade helped Fritz develop into a top caliber QB. “NFA has helped me with my mechanics,” said Fritz, who received his Duel invitation at an NFA camp in Indianapolis. “Using NFA’s R4 system has helped me read defenses, and NFA has really helped me understand how much you have to go through as a leader. Two of the things I really like about playing quarterback are being in the position to lead and having the ability to impact the game.”
As good as he is on the football field, Fritz is equally adept in the classroom. He has a 3.88 GPA while taking honors classes.
“School helps me realize the importance of following details,” Fritz said. “The multi-tasking that I have to do on a daily basis throughout school also helps me as well. School provides me with multiple life skills such as discipline, personal responsibility, and the necessity of good decision making.”
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