Armwood QB Justin Hickman Video/Interview

After being the backup on two state championship teams and losing in the finals last season, Armwood quarterback Justin Hickman is ready to win one as the starter. Read on to find out what type of passer he is, what he's working on this off-season and his plans for the summer.

Armwood quarterback Justin Hickman has big plans for his senior season. Win a state title, and settle for nothing less. The 6-foot 175-pound dual-threat QB was a backup on two championship teams and led his team to the finals last year, but came up short against Tim Tebow and company.

Hickman was brought up from JV his freshman year, started 4 games his sophomore year and started every game last season. As a full time starter Hickman rushed and passed for a combined 2,400 yards with 39 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. Not an easy feat on a team that runs a complex triple-option offense.

Hickman will be the first to admit that the intricacies of the offense didn't come naturally.

"The triple option has been tough to learn." Adding, "by the end of last season I was beginning to feel comfortable. Next year should be even better because by the time the season starts I will have worked with my entire backfield for three years."

With expectations being so high, he says they are taking it one game at a time, but knowing the real season starts when they enter the playoffs.

As a quarterback Justin feels comfortable passing out of the pocket or on a scramble. It's no wonder that he models his game after Gator's quarterback Chris Leak. On the pro level, Justin says he likes to watch Michael Vick because of the way he makes plays on the run.

"I'm a huge college football fan and I go to every Florida home game because I like to watch Chris Leak in action. I like the way he runs that offense."

Even though Hickman has a year of starts under his belt he says he still has a lot to work on. Some of the major adjustments he's looking to make are in his strength and speed. He is also working on making better defensive reads.

"On Sunday's I try to sit down with my quarterback coach and go over plays on a chalkboard or watch video. When we go over video, we'll look at different defenses and figure out the correct reads."

As of now Hickman doesn't have any offers, but that doesn't mean colleges are not noticing. He receives mail regularly from schools such as Alabama, Iowa, South Florida, Indiana and Duke. He does not have a favorite yet, but is familiar with a certain player on the Bulls.

"My best friend plays for USF. S.J. Green and I are pretty close and we talk all the time. I followed them pretty close, I like the fact they are an up-and-coming program. They were really impressive, even though they didn't win I was surprised how well they hung with Penn State."

This summer will be a busy one, Justin has a full plate of camps to attend. His team will be playing in the Sling & Shoot camp at USF, while he has also been invited to camps at Duke, Alabama, Nike combine and a QB Elite camp. There is still a long way till signing day, so plan on hearing the name Justin Hickman a lot in the future.

See for yourself what Hickman is all about:

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