A day that began at 5 a.m. with a two-mile trail run ended with an emotional assessment of a good day's work by Elite 11 Camp director and head coach Trent Dilfer.
Speaking to the campers after their second Saturday workout session at Beaverton, Ore., the former NFL quarterback told the 18 competing quarterbacks: “This was the best day I’ve ever seen high school quarterbacks have. It’s not even close. That’s what happens when everyone is on the same page."
Dilfer said he was amazed by the precision and attention to detail demonstrated by this year's class.
"I stepped back and watched NFL seam routes being thrown," Dilfer told the StudentSports website. "Fourteen years I played, saw a lot of great players and played against a bunch of Hall of Famers. I saw NFL quality seam routes being thrown today.”
“I saw Sean White throw five sluggos (slant and go) as good as I ever saw in my time in the NFL. I’ll pick out a couple guys: I saw DeShaun Watson come backside of sluggo seam and throw the seam as good as I’ve ever seen it thrown. Kyle (Allen), (Jacob) Park…everyone one of you. Unbelievable.”
The demands on the players will be bumped up on Sunday, beginning with a 4:30 a.m. walk-up call for another 5 a.m. trail run.
Sunday's events will involve more complex decisions regarding reading defenses. "They're going to have to ratchet it up a bit with the decision making," Dilfer said. "When you run peer progression offenses, you're very offensive-centric, you care more about your guys than what the defense is doing. But there is an element of the passing game where you have to respect what they're doing. Sunday will be a very mentally taxing day."
It was the second straight impressive performance by the Clemson-bound Watson, who battled back from a slow start on Friday morning to win his group's accuracy competition in the afternoon session.
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Coming in first with 49 points was David Fales of San Jose State. Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M with 44, and third was Boyd with 40 points.
The college stars competed at series of five throwing stations. They got three three points for a toss through the target, one point if the pass was was catchable, and minus one point if it hit the ground.