Syracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers Academy quarterback Jack Brotzki is entering his first season with the Brothers. The junior signal caller transferred in from Jamesville-DeWitt and is hoping to help CBA defend their Class AA title.
”It’s been a real smooth transition so far,” Brotzki said. “It’s a lot thrown on me all at once but I think I’m handling it pretty well. There’s a lot of different aspects to this offense and a lot of moving parts.
”A lot of interchangeable guys. I’m taking it one step at a time and handling it well.”
Another important factor in Brotzki’s seamless transition is the CBA coaching staff. He says they have been instrumental in his understanding of the offensive system.
”I love the staff,” Brotzki said. “We have a great staff. I think they all have a great knowledge of the game. Every single one of them, even the defensive coordinator, is chipping in and teaching me things here and there. Everyone on the staff is helping me out.”
Last Saturday morning, Brotzki and the Brothers scrimmaged against Cicero-North Syracuse. That experience allowed the 6-foot-2 quarterback to put his knowledge of the offense to the test.
”It helps us see our weak points,” Brotzki said. “We’re going against a look D we can’t really get great reps. But in a scrimmage, we can see where our weaknesses are, where are strengths are and what we need to work on.”
Brotzki only has one offer to this point and it is from the local Syracuse Orange. He is already developing a strong bond with the staff. It doesn’t hurt that his father works in the athletic department.
”I’ve got a good relationship with all of the coaches,” Brotzki said. “They’re all great guys down there. They’re all real nice to me. They’re just a bunch of great guys that know what they’re doing. Great coaches.
”They haven’t called or contacted me but whenever I’m around they always say hello and ask how I’m doing. I’m there working out sometimes so they always say hi.”
The rising junior checked out Syracuse’s season opening win over Villanova the day prior to his scrimmage.
”I watched it on TV,” Brotzki said. “I thought it was a pretty good game. Villanova’s quarterback can plan. He was pretty good. I just think (Syracuse) needs to fine tune some things here and there. I thought they came out and played great. They just need to build some momentum and great to get a win.”
Brotzki kicks off his first season with CBA Friday against Henninger at 5pm inside the Carrier Dome.