QB High on UM

Every quarterback loves throwing the football. Some enjoy running with it, too. Zack Asack feels he can do both really well. "I think the biggest thing that separates me from other quarterbacks out there is my ability to both throw and run," Asack said.

"I'm a great roll-out passer. People tell me that. I can throw a good deep ball and I can also beat you with my legs. I like being that dual threat to keep the pressure on opposing defenses."

At 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, the Westwood (Mass.) Xaverian Brothers signal-caller has been playing the position for nearly a decade.

"I started playing when I was seven and my dad was always my pop warner coach," he said. "I just had the ability to throw the ball at a real young age. When I was 10, our team went to the national championships at Disney. Over the years, I've learned a lot more from various camps and stuff like that."

Speaking of camps, Asack made a camp tour this summer that just recently ended.

"I went to Miami, BC, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, and Notre Dame," he said. "It was a lot of fun. I feel like I got a little better at every one. It was fun competiting with a lot of the top players you read about."

Asack was hoping to impress those coaching staffs enough to keep an eye on him this season.

"Right now my top offers are Duke, Notre Dame, Bowling Green, and Miami of Ohio," he said. "All those other schools are waiting to see. I'm just gonna play it by ear and hope things work out for the best."

Asack said the interest with Miami started when UM coach Dan Werner flew into town back in the May evaluation period.

"Coach Werner came by the school and then I went down for their camp and had a chance to work with him for a few days," he said. "He's a nice guy, a good coach. We've been keeping in contact with each other."

The talented quarterback said he came away very impressed with Miami after his trip there.

"It was a little hot when I was there but I think I could get used to that," he said. "There was good competition and I know there always will be there. The facilities were great and the coaches were really impressive. If I got an offer from Miami, it would be hard to turn it away because of all the receivers they have running 4.3's, you know. It's a really nice place."

Asack, who was a state champion in the 55m hurdles this past spring (7.74), is now busy preparing for his senior season with his teammates.

"We went 9-2 last season and it wasn't enough," he said. "Our team has been really focused this offseason. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we are lifting and working out together. On Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, we're doing speed and conditioning. And tonight, we start our 7-on-7 stuff. I'm really excited. I need to be the leader out there."

Asack, a full qualifier who threw for over 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, said he'll sit down with his parents and really narrow his list of choices down in the near future.

Until then, UM fans should keep an eye on the talented gunslinger.

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