Stanford quarterbacks need to do a little bit of everything.
They have to run the offense, read the defense, adjust the big-bodied offensive line, throw with accuracy, take care of the football and tuck and run when needed.
Corona Centennial (Calif.) quarterback Tanner McKee is doing his best to do just that in his junior season.
McKee is leading the 2-1 Huskies through the 2016 season. The 15th-ranked team in the country average 49 points per game. That’s something head coach Matt Logan impresses upon his offense.
“Coach always says that before every game our goal is to score every possession,” McKee said. “There is always something where if we didn't score it was always our fault so we need to make those corrections so we can score every possession.”
That might be a tall order for most offenses, but Centennial continues to be a perennial power in California. McKee is doing everything he can to meet his coach’s high-powered standards. Through his first three games, the 6-foot-6 signal-caller has nine passing touchdowns and six rushing scores as well. That’s something he hopes to continue to do.
“I'm working hard on being more well-rounded I try to run the ball in situations where I need to pull it or I try to make accurate passes whenever coach makes a passing call,” McKee said.
McKee is coming off a busy summer, including two visits to the Stanford campus.
“It was cool to get a tour of the campus, spend some time with Coach (Tavita) Prichard and all the coaches up there," Mckee said. "We sat down at dinner and talk to some of the professors at Stanford and hear what they had to say."
Right now, the class of 2018 quarterback said he doesn’t have any frontrunners in his recruitment, but “loves” both Stanford and BYU. McKee appreciates how personable the Stanford coaching staff was and the opportunities Stanford provides at the college level and beyond.
“It's really nice to see (Stanford quarterbacks) be so successful in the NFL, and obviously Coach Shaw is a great coach and knows what he is doing.," McKee said. "It would be really cool to have the opportunity to play for him for a couple years and see what he has to say. He obviously knows how to put people in the NFL”
For now, the junior is working on his accuracy and sharpening his skills, along with learning to be a complete leader.
"I'm going to try to lead by example. If we are done I have to be vocal and get our guys up and take charge but I like when people lead by example because o think that is most effective."