SFA Quarterback Spotlight
Aug 12, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Whenever a team returns the services of a senior at quarterback that is a huge advantage that not every team can brag about. SFA just happens to be one of those schools. A two-year starter at SFA, Brady Attaway enters his final season as one of the school's all-time leading passers.
Attaway enters the 2013 season on pace to finish second to only former Walter Payton Award winner Jeremy Moses in completions, passing yards and touchdown passes. Attaway has guided an offense that has finished ranked among the nation's top 10 in passing each of the past two seasons, and led the nation in passing during the 2012 regular season.
"Brady brings a ton of experience to the field, and you like having that in a quarterback," said first-year quarterback coach Landon Hoefer. "He's a young man who has had to overcome a lot of adversity which isn't easy. He has played for a different position coach every season, and that is not an easy thing to do. That experience is going to be very valuable to us moving forward."
A two-time honorable mention All-Southland selection, Attaway has already received national attention entering preseason camp. He is one of only 32 quarterbacks who have been named to the CFPA Quarterback Award watch list. During his career he has completed nearly 60 percent of his passes for more than 7,000 yards and 57 touchdowns in only two seasons as the starter.
"Brady has an unbelievable skill set," said Hoefer. "Not only does he work hard, but he has the ability to make the strong throw to the other side of the field. That is something that not many guys can do."
Sophomore Joe Minden served as Attaway's backup in 2012. Minden was put to the test early last season, having to fill in for Attaway at SMU after being knocked out of the game with an injury. Minden played with poise against the Mustangs' pass rush completing a season-high 23 passes for 193 yards. The Coppell native completed 56 percent of his passes for nearly 600 yards and two scores on the year.
"Joe has done a great job of getting himself into shape," said Hoefer. "He has really set the bar for the rest of the guys. Joe has a very strong arm, and we know he can lead this team when called upon to do so. He gained some valuable experience last year, and has only continued to improve.
"One thing that really sets Joe apart is that he is a student of the game. He studies relentlessly and really prepares mentally for each contest," added Hoefer.
Redshirt freshman Hunter Taylor is trying to follow in Attaway's footsteps. A 6-1, 180-pound product, Taylor came to SFA after a successful high school career at Whitehouse. Taylor took advantage of his redshirt last year to get stronger and gained a better understanding of the offense.
"Everything about our offense is repetition," said Hoefer. "We want our guys to run these plays so many times they will know the adjustments to make despite what the defense throws at them. Taylor is a talented quarterback. He doesn't have quite the experience some of the other guys do at this points but he is capable of running this offense."
Taylor showed flashes of what he is capable of during the spring. He got some work with the second-team offense, and in the team's second scrimmage completed 10 passes for 132 yards.
The Lumberjacks also added a couple quarterback prospects during the 2013 signing class in Dru Smith and Colton Bretton. Smith is a 6-1, 200-pound prospect from Sherman, and Bretton is a 6-4, 190-pound talent from Glen Rose, Texas.
Smith came out of high school ranked as one of the state's top 160 players. The QB MVP of the 2013 Top Prospect Elite Camp, Smith wrapped up his high school career by completing 350 passes for more than 6,000 yards and 61 touchdowns.
Bretton was a record-setting quarterback at Glen Rose. Having set the school standard for touchdown passes in a game and season, Bretton graduated having passed for 4,700 yards and 40 scores in his career.