As if Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard needed any more competitive advantages heading into his senior season, the reigning state champion and title game Offensive MVP is getting a crash-course in quarterbacking this week in Beaverton, Ore., at the Nike camp now known as The Opening, which includes the famous Elite 11 quarterback camp/competition.
One of the downgrades on the Texas pledge in the past was the way he spins the ball upon release, but apparently he’s fixed that and is throwing a much cleaner ball. And oh yeah, he can still run better than any quarterback in the state, possibly the country.
Elite 11 head coach Trent Dilfer, the former Super Bowl MVP and current ESPN pro football analyst, is known as a bit of a QB guru and he’s been impressed with Heard’s improvement, specifically since the Dallas qualifying camp back in April that earned him a spot in the national camp in Oregon, that runs through this week.
“I wanted to test how good our methods were,” Dilfer told SB Nation. “I wanted to take the high-level athlete who is maybe raw as a passer and see if in a short amount of time we can polish them. And what I’ve seen, it’s coming to fruition. Now, to his credit, Heard spent a ton of time with the playbook.”
“Whoever worked with him leading up to this, he got good, sound training. He didn’t want to take any snaps from shotgun, he wanted everything under center. His balance, his rhythm, his timing, his drop, it was like a guy who had been playing from under center forever.”
You can check out Heard’s thoughts on the camp so far and on working with Dilfer and everyone else at the camp, which former Guyer quarterback and current Oklahoma State signal-caller J.W. Walsh also attended when it was just the Elite 11 and not part of The Opening prior to the 2010 season when Guyer lost in the 5A Division II state final.