Red Glaser

Springdale has itself another standout quarterback wearing number 16 in Ashton Glaser (6-2, 205, 4.6), who is getting interest from several colleges after a banner junior season.

He wears No. 16, played quarterback for Springdale, is ultra-confident in his abilities and had a spectacular junior season on the gridiron.

While that description fits former Arkansas and current USC quarterback Mitch Mustain, it also works for the resident signal caller for the Red Bulldogs.

That would be junior Ashton Glaser (6-2, 205, 4.6), who completed 174-of-298 passes for 2,406 yards and 22 TDs last season but also rushed for 728 yards and 12 more scores for the Red Bulldogs.

"He is very versatile," Springdale head coach Kevin Johnson said. "He is a very good passer and not only is he a great runner, but a very hard runner. He runs like a fullback at quarterback."

Schools such as Arkansas, Tulsa, North Carolina, Mississippi State and others have expressed interest in Glaser, who will be at the Arkansas Elite QB Camp on March 1 in Springdale as well as the FCA Combine in Little Rock on March 15.

"When you have better numbers than Mitch did his junior year then people are going to start taking notice," Johnson said.

Glaser isn't trying to be the next Mustain, just the first one of himself.

"I've been 16 all the time," Glaser said. "I played soccer when I was young and I have just always had that number. It didn't have anything to do with him at all. I'm just worried about being the best I can be, not as good or better than him."

Like Mustain, who passed for 2,169 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 350 yards and 14 more TDs as a junior, Glaser became a high school starter as an 11th grader after being a back-up as a sophomore.

"As a quarterback I was very pleased with my performance, but it can only get better," Glaser said. "Our off-season has been killer and I think it is going to help us a lot."

Glaser came into his own during 7-on-7 competition this past summer, including a strong performance at a prestigious tournament in Hoover, Ala.

"I think he had a real good summer the summer before his junior season," Johnson said. "I think one of the key moments was when we went to Hoover and he got to play against some real good competition and that really elevated his game.

"I think one of the key things is that he is just very tough," Johnson added. "He can take a hit and it doesn't even faze him. I think that is one of his main attributes and he has got a will to win."

Glaser just got back from a camp in Texas where he had the opportunity to work out with former NFL quarterback Steve DeBerg.

"It was called the QB Air 7 and it was at Southlake High School in Dallas," Glaser said. "It was great to work with Steve DeBerg and work on a quicker release. I also got to work with one of Tony Romo's back-up (Richard) Bartel

Springdale struggled last season with a 4-6 mark, but should be back in the thick of the 7A-West race and thus state playoff contention next season.

"I think what kept us out of the playoffs last season was simply our age," Glaser said. "We had a lot of maturity issues to overcome and next year I think we will have all that behind us, we will have a lot of seniors that played as juniors and sophomores. We will have 18 or 19 starters coming back and I expecting big things."

He's hoping that success will lead to an opportunity to play at Arkansas.

"Arkansas is my biggest interest," Glaser said. "That is where I would like to play."

He's certainly saying all the right things about new Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino.

"I think Coach Petrino is a tremendous upgrade," Glaser said. "I think he is going to do great things for the program."

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