Zach Frazer, Pat Devlin and Jeremy Ricker are the three junior quarterbacks who get the most attention in Pennsylvania. Yet most fans are unaware that there could quite possibly be six or more D-IA quarterbacks in the state next fall. One of the top gunslingers in western Pennsylvania is Penn Traffords Tyler Huether (pronounced: HEAT-er).
Huether, 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, had a stellar junior season, completing 127 of 209 attempts for 2,209 yards and 21 touchdowns. He only threw six interceptions. Huether earned first-team All-Conference (Quad East), Pennsylvania Football News Honorable Mention All-State and Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 honors as a junior.
Several teams have shown an interest in the WPIAL quarterback, including Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Iowa, Indiana, Boston College, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Purdue, Louisville, Kentucky, Akron and Notre Dame.
Huether was scheduled to attend junior day programs over the weekend at Pittsburgh and Maryland. This spring he plans on attending the Nike combine at Penn State (4/30), the Adidas Elite Combine at the University of Pittsburgh (5/14) and the MSL Combine at Gateway High in Monroeville, Pa. (5/7).
What attributes does Huether possess that make him an elite quarterback?
I think I am accurate, I read defenses well, and I call most of my own plays or have the ability to audible at the line of scrimmage, Huether said.
There are still some skills he must hone, though.
Id like to improve my running ability, I think I need to get a little faster, Huether said. I would like to improve my arm strength, also.
As far as early favorites go, Huether appears to be leaning toward the Big East or Big Ten.
I like Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Purdue, Wisconsin, Indiana and Iowa, Huether said. Id like to be closer, but you just have to weigh out your options.