Every week, the Ardmoreite will feature area prep athletes headed into the start of the fall sports season.
Entering Year 2 as starting quarterback for Plainview, rising senior Taber Jordan is one of the key offensive players for the Indians headed into the 2013 season. An All-Ardmoreite Super Team selection as a junior, Jordan was a dual threat for the Indians last season, leading the team in rushing (1,094 yards), passing (1,440) and total touchdowns (28).
Plainview wraps up team camp with Ardmore today from 8-11 a.m.
After your first year of starting at quarterback last year, what have you learned from being under center each Friday night?
Jordan: "Definitely being in control of the offense. I've got to remember what's going on with the offensive line, receivers and running backs. It just makes it easier on everyone else. I learned to focus more and just trust in my coaches. I try to take what they say and remember everything and go do it."
Fundamentally, what have you improved on at the quarterback position from your junior year?
Jordan: "I'd say my footwork has gotten a lot better. My timing and reads have both gotten better, as well. Being able to come out and practice with our guys, and then to compete against Ardmore and their speed has really helped in both of those areas."
You guys had some key contributors graduate from the offense. What will it take to replace those guys and do you have the firepower to do so?
Jordan: "Absolutely. We've got some guys that are more than willing to step up and take those spots. They are ready to fill those big roles and to step into leadership positions. They want to play under the big lights on Friday nights and I think they'll be ready."
What does it mean to play quarterback at Plainview, after the program has seen several talented signal-callers and plenty of success?
Jordan: "It's definitely important to me, just to keep the tradition going and set the right example for the younger guys coming up in the program. It's my job to teach them right and make sure they understand our tradition. We take our tradition seriously and it's very important to us."
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