Staying busy

Sometimes there just comes a time when you have to specialize. In past years, Austin Hinder has gone out and ran track in the spring. This year, there were some things that he wanted to work on in the off-season before football came around. He is working hard, hitting his goals and will be in Houston to take part in a clinic this weekend.

At 6-foot-5 and 185-pounds, Austin Hinder is working hard this off-season. This coming weekend the standout quarterback from Steamboat Springs (Colo.) is off to Houston for a quarterback clinic.

"I am not doing much, just working hard," Hinder said. "I am coming to Texas to go to Houston for the Steve Clarkson Quarterback Academy next weekend.

"He's out of California, but now he just has these all over the place. I have a lot of respect for him. He helped me out as a sophomore and knows a lot about the quarterback position."

While Hinder is working on the technical side of the quarterback position he is also working on the technical as well. He has been adding weight to his frame with his off-season conditioning.

"I wanted to work on mostly my weight. I just really wanted to add some weight and continue to get bigger and bigger. Last year I did track, but I didn't this year so I could work out every day.

"Without running track this spring, and working out every day, I have put on around eight pounds or so. That is good for me. I am about 185 now and would like to be 190 before the season."

Besides the quarterback academy this weekend, Hinder will be on the road again the following weekend to California and will see California at least two more times for other events.

"On April 11 I am going to UCLA for the junior day. I am going to the Nike Combine at Stanford and then the Elite 11 which is at Stanford and we will go from there.

"I would like to get out and get to some spring practices and games, but I hear that there are a lot of spring games on April 18 and I will be on spring break and vacation then."

Nebraska is one of close to 20 offers now from Hinder, and the list is constantly changing. He recently picked up a pair of very nice offers and is continuing to evaluate his situation.

"I think that I have about 17 offers now. Of course I have the offer from Nebraska, we have talked about that, but a couple of the more recent offers are LSU and Utah."

Last season Hinder completed 90 of 134 passes for 1,228 yards with 16 touchdowns against just four interceptions. Hinder earned All-State honorable mention honors as a sophomore and junior.


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