Pa. quarterback biding his time

Early prognosis is that 2004 is a weak year for QBs in Pennsylvania. There may be an absence of the true blue chip prospect. There are, however, some who may end up being considered big time players with solid senior seasons.

One of the quarterbacks who could emerge is Duane Struppler of Sayre High School (Sayre, Pa). Sayre is a small Class A school in North East Pennsylvania that borders New York. A 6-foot-3, 192-pound prospect who runs a 4.68 40-yard dash, Struppler is currently receiving written interest from Wisconsin.

Making the cut on Duane's early list of favorites are Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Sayre employed a wing-T offense in 2003, but this year will use a run-and-shoot system. In the wing-T last season Struppler managed to throw for 1,300 yards and completed 58 percent of his passes. As a sophomore Duane played in four games as a sophomore and threw for 813 yards.

He was named to the Northern Tier All-Star team, All-Twin Tiers team, and the All-Academic Northern Tier Team in 2003. In order to be selected to the All-Academic Team a player must be named a football all-star and have a 3.0 grade point average during the season. The Northern Tier is considered part of Bradford County, Pa. and Southern, N.Y.

Duane took an unofficial visit to Connecticut in November. He has been invited to Iowa and Syracuse junior days, and spring games. This summer he may attend Penn State, Syracuse, and Connecticut camps.

"Connecticut has kept on me from the beginning, now Iowa has been showing me a lot of attention," Struppler said.

Struppler leads a very active life. In addition to football, he also plays basketball and baseball. When he's not active in sports you'll find him working his construction job.

"Right now, after school we run three miles, lift weights, go to baseball practice, then we have an open gym in the evenings and me and some of the other football players go and throw a little," he said.

If the opportunity presents itself and he gets the right offer, Duane may make his decision before the end of the season.

With a solid senior season Struppler can boost his stock amongst college recruiters. He bench presses 225 pounds, squats 390, vertical jumps 25 inches and carries a 2.8 cumulative grade point average. He scored an 860 on his SAT, but plans to retake it later this month.

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