Storey, Tigers eye title

The Charleston Tigers, led by Arkansas commit Ty Storey, are eying a state championship. This story is free courtesy of Johnson Controls. Click the banner to learn more.

The Charleston Tigers are undefeated (11-0) as they head into the second round of the playoffs against McGehee.

Not only are they undefeated, they are beating teams by nearly 30 points per game.

Ty Storey (6-foot-3, 225 pounds), is committed to Arkansas, but still hopes to win two state championships before he steps onto campus in Fayetteville. He said in order for the Tigers to do it this season, it is not other teams they need to worry about.

"I think we just need to focus on making ourselves better," he said. "I'm confident that we are as good as any team in the state and we can play with anybody, we just need to keep doing what we do best."

One of the biggest reasons Charleston's winning streak starts with the quarterback play from Storey. The junior quarterback has thrown for 2,765 yards and 32 touchdowns to 6 interceptions and completing 71.2 percent of his passes.

Storey actually threw for 4,397 yards last season, but with the help of double-digit wins in all but one game this year, the Tigers have been able to add another 1,180 yards to its offensive total.

Despite solid play, Storey said he can always see room for improvement from himself.

"Ultimately, I'm just worried about what I can do to help this team win right now," he said. "But then in the offseason I'll be training to get faster and stronger, but right now I am focused on doing everything I can to help this team to victory."

While Storey admitted his arm strength and high accuracy this season have played a big role in his impressive play, he said he looks at other aspects of his game to explain why teams like Arkansas, Alabama and Auburn offered him.

"I think my arm is a pretty big factor, but I think my ability to manage the game and make sure that everyone is where they need to be and are running routes where they are supposed to and being on the same page with my receivers," he said. "As a leader, I think I can also push the team to do things the right way and not take any plays off."

While the recruiting spotlight may seem glamorous to some on the outside looking in, he said he put more pressure on himself during the process.

"It's nice to know that I have my college paid for and to be able to play the game I love. But honestly it made me want to work even harder to not disappoint anyone and help out the college I go to, turn it around and win," Storey said.

Speaking of turning it around at Arkansas, Storey said he knew any high expectations for Arkansas coach Bret Bielema in year one would be "out of proportion." But he said he is confident Bielema can turn it around and he is looking forward to being part of that process, as well.

"I have all the confidence in the world that we'll get it turned around," he said. "Coach (Bielema) is working with a lot of kids that he didn't even recruit. I expect him to turn it around when he gets his type of players in and we'll have a lot of success in the future.

"Obviously, we've been hitting up a lot of in-state kids, and I think we are doing a pretty good job there. Going to Arkansas, when you are from Arkansas, there is a sense of pride. If you want to win anywhere, it's where you're from.

"That's how I feel. Arkansas is the only place I want to win at."

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