QB Ronald Monroe
School: Richmond (Tex.) Bush
*** No. 65 QB
Committed to Texas State
Monroe Stats vs. Elkins: 22-of-42 for 262 yards, 2 TDs/2 INT; 61 rushing yards
Strengths: His ability to improvise and make plays on the go was what stood out in this game. Under duress for most of the game, Monroe was forced to use his feet to not only buy time to throw the ball, but to get out and tuck and run. He was able to make lots of quick decisions, picking up a number of key first downs.
Big Play(s): When his team was down 23-0, Monroe had 2:11 left before halftime to help generate some points for his team. He capped off the drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass on an out route. His receiver made a nice play to get into the end zone. Monroe, under pressure took a shot from a blitzing linebacker, but stood tall to deliver the ball. His 20-yard touchdown to his brother Donald Monroe, on a corner route was equally impressive, with a nice over-the-shoulder touch pass.
Misses: What was already mentioned as his strength sometimes can be his weakness. In this game, Monroe faced heavy pressure and there was times when he held the ball too long. And when he tried to throw the ball away, at least is one instance, he threw it away in the middle of the field and was nearly intercepted.
Overall: If a grade had to be given for this game, it seems like a B- would be appropriate. Monroe made several plays to keep the team in the game, but had a few costly turnovers, which were not all on his shoulders. It was an impressive showing, especially the fact that he took an absolute pounding* in this game. His game has improved immensely since last season, and he was pretty good then too. Texas State has itself a good one for sure.
*Monroe left the game early in the fourth quarter after taking a shot to the ribs.
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QB Ronald Monroe