DuRocher keeping busy

Johnny DuRocher is a 6-4, 200-pound quarterback prospect from Spanaway (Wash.) Bethel, and while other football players concentrate on other sports when football is over, DuRocher is always working on his game. This past weekend saw him down in Oregon throwing the pigskin with some of the Northwest's best.

"I just got back from the Air Attack camp in Beaverton," DuRocher told Dawgman.com. "That was fun. I made it to two sessions, got a lot of throws in. That was important because I'm going to the Stanford Nike camp. It was good to get a lot of throws in and see some of the other quarterbacks in the Northwest."

Johnny was with some good company this weekend. "Carl Bonnell, Sawyer Smith, Ryan Gunderson, there were a lot of good guys there," he said. So what did he think of Gunderson? "He's good. He's big, tall, throws a nice ball, lot of zip on it."

The Air Attack camp, run by Taylor Barton's father Greg, was a chance for DuRocher to reconnect with Bonnell, the QB he went up against in last year's state 4A championship game. "We've played against each other last year and we've followed each other in the papers I guess, so we talked today," Johnny said of the future Washington State player. "He's a nice guy."

Any specific things he worked on at the camp? "I was kind of getting lazy with my back shoulder," DuRocher said. "They really work on fundamentals down there, got me to bring my shoulder up instead of throwing downhill. We did a lot of footwork stuff too."

Johnny knows that he'll get a chance to showcase his talents in Palo Alto in a few weeks, so he's been working hard. "I've been doing a lot of lifting and throwing, getting ready for Stanford," he said. "I've been doing some running, trying to get that 40 time down a little lower." He'll also be attending the Oregon Nike camp.

The offers continue to roll in for DuRocher. So far he's received scholarship offers from Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford and Arizona. "I've heard that I'm going to have to be ready for a lot of phone calls," he said when asked about the evaluation period. "That's what the coaches have been telling me. Coach (Eric Kurle) has been getting a lot of phone calls for me lately."

Is he ready for all the attention? "You kind of have to be ready, because it's all going to be happening so fast," Johnny said. "You have to be ready."

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