Brosius Reflects on Senior Season

NC State commitment Tyler Brosius capped a stellar high school career with his best season, as he led Tuscola (NC) deep into the playoffs before falling one game short of a state title appearance.

Tuscola (NC) Quarterback Tyler Brosius capped a stellar high school career with his best season, as he led Tuscola (NC) deep into the playoffs before falling one game short of a state title appearance.

"We played really well this season," said Brosius. "For my success, I've got to give credit to the guys on the team... the wideouts and the line. It was a team effort and that reflected on our overall record and how I did individually."

Tuscola finished the year 12-2-1 and Brosius was outstanding. He completed 61% of his passes for 3,400 yards and 34 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. For his career the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder totaled 7,895 yards to become Western North Carolina's career passing leader, a feat he never dreamed he would accomplish a few years ago.

"I never thought my career would end up like it did," said Brosius. "As a freshman I didn't think I would be productive as I've been, and it's been a wild ride. I give all credit for any of my success to my teammates and coaches."

Stopping Tuscola's run at a state title was defending champion West Rowan who is led by star tailback Kevin Parks, a Virginia commitment. West Rowan defeated Tuscola 38-29 to win the Western Regional title and advance to tomorrow's championship game which will ironically be played in Carter-Finley Stadium.

"Oh man, I was hoping we were going to be able to make it to Carter-Finley so bad," said Brosius. "The guys on the team thought we were going to go as well. I have no regrets, but I still think we could have been playing this Saturday.

"I don't like to think about losses so everything is a little foggy, but we had a lot of fun and played well. Obviously there were some things we could have done better to win the game."

Brosius originally committed to Virginia over the summer but looking back he stated he started to question his decision almost right away.

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"I'd say about two weeks after making that commitment I started to think about it a little," Brosius stated. "The thing is I wanted to be closer to home and I really want my family to come to all my games. I feel like they can do that at State, plus I think it's a good fit for me.

"I've been able to meet a lot of the recruits at games and we have a great class coming in. We are already building that tight bond. I've talked to most of them, but really stay in touch with Reggie Wilkins who just switched from [North] Carolina to State. He'll be down at the Shrine Bowl with me."

Originally expected to officially visit NC State this weekend, Brosius will instead take his official in January because he is heading down to Spartanburg, South Carolina to start practicing for next Saturday's 2009 Shrine Bowl.

A prototypical dropback passer, some wonder how Brosius will fit into the Wing-T offense North Carolina is expected to run, but he isn't worried about it at all.

"Really, I just want to go down there and have fun and win," Brosius said. "I'm actually familiar with the Wing-T because we ran it for three or four games to start the season before spreading it out some. I'm not worried about the offense at all.

"I'm just excited to be heading down for the week. It's going to be fun down there playing with a lot of great athletes. Hopefully we beat the crap out of South Carolina."

Following the Shrine Bowl Brosius will continue working out as he plans to enroll at NC State in the summer. The Wolfpack lacks depth at the quarterback position and Brosius expects to go in and compete for playing time right away.

"The depth chart is certainly appealing to me, but I'm a competitor," he said. "I'm going to go in there and compete hard either way. I'm going to get better and if I don't earn any playing time my first year then I'll work even harder.

"It's good to know my college decision is behind me and I can just focus on school and improving. Colleges have basically stopped recruiting me since they know I'm strictly committed to State and not going anywhere else. Everything has settled down."

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