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Athlete of the Month: Jared King

by Grant McGee, staff writer

Photo by: Lilly Quaid

After a dismal 2-8 season, the Leigh football team now has hope, thanks in part to junior quarterback, Jared King.

When King was pulled up to varsity midway through last season, he was experiencing some growing pains, but towards the end of the season he had complete control of Leigh’s offense. After a grueling off-season, King has entered the realm of superstardom.

In Leigh’s first game against Branham, King led the revenge-fueled Longhorns with 169 yards rushing with three touchdowns, while also completing key passes, greatly contributing to Leigh’s 35-7 victory. King continued his dominance in weeks two and three, including a near-perfect game against Independence, throwing for 4 touchdowns with only 1 incompletion.

Through King’s first four games he had 662 passing yards, eight touchdowns, no interceptions, while rushing for 6 additional touchdowns. King also lead Leigh’s offensive explosion of 73 points against Piedmont Hills with six total touchdowns. While King’s success can be very much attributed to his physical talent, King’s true secret to success is his mental approach and work ethic. King’s dad is his own dedicated and personal coach off the field, which has helped his development as a quarterback.

“We came out to Leigh every Sunday and spent hours throwing, and he would be so critical of the little things like ball placement. He would teach me about the greats like Montana, Brady, and Peyton Manning, and he would talk about the difference that separates those guys from everyone else, and why they’re great is that they’re calm. When you’re calm at the quarterback position you succeed the most,” said Jared King.

That training allowed King to be ready when he was called up to varsity midway through last year. Since then, King has only gotten better the more time he has spent with Head Coach Kyle Padia.

“Coach Padia is an intelligent guy, and he knows what plays to call in any situation. I have a lot of trust in him, I believe that whatever play he calls for us is going to work”, said King.

King’s talent, support system, and approach to football, have led to a revival of Leigh’s football program, and as a junior the sky’s the limit for whom Sabercats Head Coach Dan Arbet calls “Mr. Amazing”.