2nd-year starting QB directing Demons
Moving from freshman prep football to varsity as a quarterback is like music artists signing with a record label, college players getting drafted into the NFL, high school athletes signing with a Division 1 college team. All these steps require a leap of faith and a quick learning phase. These people are thrust into a position to perform in uncharted territory.
Washington quarterback Daryn Sebelius made the jump to starter last season — his sophomore year.
“It was a huge step; varsity is so much faster,” Sebelius said. “You have no time to think — you just have to do.”
The summer prior to his first season as starter, Sebelius had an inkling that he would line up under center.
“Over the summer I kind of had the feeling that I would be starting because everyone would come up to me and say, ‘You know, you might be starting,’” Sebelius said. “You have to block all that out and prepare every game.”
With an offense that uses the ground-and-pound, Sebelius has the chance to mix it up between the tackles. At 5-foot-11 and 210 pounds he initiates the contact with defenders.
“When I’m on the ball I don’t look to outrun that many people, because I’m not that fast,” he said. “I look to lower the shoulder and hopefully get over some people.”
In the weight room, he is a 450-pound squatter and cleans 300 pounds.
“He is a beast in the weight room,” head coach Randy Schrader said. “He is one of our stronger kids.”
Sebelius doesn’t get the chance to pass often. Schrader’s game plan is for his quarterback to pass 15 times a game.
“We don’t really pass that much,” Sebelius said. “When the time comes to pass I’m going to go 100 percent. I know our wide outs go 100 percent. Pass when we want to, not when we need to.”
Sebelius’ most active drive of the season came with three minutes left against Pella and the Demons down by a score. Washington drove from its own 18 before an incomplete pass on Pella’s 5-yard line.
“I’ve never really been in a situation like that from last year,” Sebelius said. “We were running pass after pass after pass. It was different. I enjoyed it, it was fun.”
Suiting up for the Demons is something that Sebelius cherishes.
“Washington football is a such a great thing,” Sebelius said. “Every Friday night the stands are filled. There is no better feeling than coming out and just hearing the fans cheer.”
As the quarterback he shoulders the responsibility for the team’s success and failure.
“When we win, everyone praises the quarterback,” Sebelius said. “When we lose, everyone blames the quarterback.”
He doesn’t have much downtime. When he does, he spends time with friends and watches football on Saturdays.
“He is your atypical high school kid,” Schrader said. “He works two jobs and plays two sports. He is a good kid.”
Sebelius takes initiative through his actions.
“He is a quiet leader,” Schrader said. “He leads by example. His work ethic is what to admire. Great kid, great attitude. He has tremendous work ethic and is a really humble kid. He is one of the best-liked kids on the team.”
Sebelius idolizes the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback.
“I’ve always loved Michael Vick because he is exciting,” Sebelius said. “You never know what is going to happen every play. I would like to think I can run as fast as him, but there is no way.”