Looking to prove himself

Kaleb Nobles hopes to prove a few of his doubters in January when he suits up for the West team during the inaugural Georgia Junior Bowl.

QB Kaleb Nobles Profile

This season, he quarterbacked Fitzgerald High School to an 8-2 regular season record and an appearance in the AA state quarterfinals.

Generously listed at 5-foot-10, Nobles hears about his size all the time.

"Everybody talks about me being a small quarterback, not being 6-3 or 6-4," he said. "I just feel like this [all-star game] is an opportunity for me to go play with a bunch of guys that I know who are talented and prove that I can play with everybody else."

The younger brother of Clemson fullback Kasey Nobles, the boys' father is Buddy Nobles, who coached former Clemson running back C.J. Spiller at Union County High School (Lake Butler, Fla.).

"Growing up being around Kasey and C.J. [Spiller], C.J. played in the Army All-American Bowl and Kasey played in a local game where we used to live," Nobles said, "my brother always told me it was cool to compete against guys that were talented—you're not playing a sorry team."

He earned his way into the Jan. 8 game at Halford Stadium in Decatur.

As a junior, Nobles threw for close to 1,500 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions.

He completed 129 of 187 passes for 2,120 yards with 24 touchdowns and five interceptions as a sophomore and was named honorable mention All-State by the Associated Press and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Clemson remains his only offer.

"I've gotten a few letters from Vanderbilt the past few weeks. I just started getting mail from Georgia the past two weeks," Nobles said. "Pretty much everybody has just been getting me mail."

He watched several Clemson games in person this season.

Kaleb and Buddy travelled to several of the away games, too, including the trips to Florida State and Auburn.

The youngest Nobles offered his take on Clemson's 6-6 season.

"There were some injuries and stuff like that that really hurt them," he said. "When they lost the game to Auburn, it kind of set the mood for the season. A lot of games this year, they just couldn't pull them out at the end.

"That Auburn game is a perfect example. They're probably going to play for the national championship with a Heisman quarterback. They lost to them by three and that kind of set the tone for the whole season."


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