Former walk-on quarterback Jimmy Costello has continued to improve with each passing practice. This spring, he started the depth chart as the #2 quarterback and has continued to impress his coaches.
"I feel really good in that position," Costello said of his position on the depth chart. "I'm trying to work my way up, give Blaine a little pressure."
So far in practice, I can see the progress he has made. Even just 1 week ago, Costello looked a little rusty with some of his throws. Now he is relaxing into his role and making more accurate throws during practice.
Last year, Costello was one of the young quarterbacks, but now he finds himself as one of the veterans. He feels that his role on the team last season has prepared him well for a bigger role this season.
"I definitely feel comfortable. I learned a lot from both the Chases (Daniel and Patton) above me. That was a really good opportunity for me."
Costello is really looking to become more of a leader this season now that he has some experience under his belt. Even if he doesn't earn the starting job coming out of spring, he feels he has a lot to contribute to the Tigers this season.
"New guys, they are always looking up to the older guys," Costello said of his role on the team. "I've got to take one of those positions with the team, leading these guys on and off the field."
Don't be surprised to see Costello yelling to his teammates on the sideline this season. I have noticed that he is taking one of the most vocal leadership roles in practice so far. Jimmy Costello could be the next Chase Patton in terms of older leadership.