Shrine Bowl Update: O.C. Wardlow

O.C. Wardlow has wowed football fans in NC for the past few years and now he gets a chance to do it on the biggest stage yet in the Shrine Bowl on Saturday. HooNation.com has been at practices all week following the progress of the future Hoo. Video footage is included and Wardlow talks about his thoughts on NC's offensive sets.

2006 UVa commit QB O.C. Wardlow has a knack for making plays and it is one of the primary reasons he's landed a spot in this year's Shrine Bowl. The Mount Tabor HS (NC) star has excelled throughout career and proved doubters wrong with his athleticism and leadership abilities.

Early during Shrine Bowl practices at Dorman High School Wardlow has looked extremely impressive. Of course everyone sees the athleticism that he makes look so effortless but now a lot of the coaching community is able to see that the young man has a rather nice arm on him as well. While the weather has remained cold each day Wardlow has drawn the praise of a number of the college coaches and high school coaches in attendance. There's been more than a fair share of statements about the UVa commit stating, "I thought he'd be one-dimensional relying on his legs but he's got a really strong arm on him...Virginia better give him a shot at playing QB...he can only get better." Some feel he may ultimately end up as a defensive back on the college level but you would have to argue with most of the coaches on the sidelines about making that position switch.

O.C. it appears will be the starter for the North Carolina squad and all week long his passes have been crisp and precise. Playing in a high level game such as the Shrine Bowl where he can showcase his talent obviously will help his confidence. Wardlow will have a slew of talented receivers to throw the ball to as the NC squad has five wide receivers going to D1 schools. Included in that group is fellow UVa commit WR Chris Dalton who just might be the fastest of the wide receiving corps.

Time will tell where O.C. ends up at the next level but for now he's doing an outstanding job in practice showing everyone why he's such a heralded player coming out of Winston-Salem.

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