Player Spotlight: Josh O'Brien

<STRONG>Interview with Sante Fe Christian QB</STRONG>

Last season Sante Fe Christian (Solana Beach) QB Josh O' Brien did not lose a game as the team's starter. He was plugged into the lineup in week 8 and led his team to a perfect 6-0 record and on the way won the CIF SDS Division 4 title. At 6-4 and 190 pounds, we definitely could have a sleeper on our hands.

 

PrepCA: What were your stats from last season?
Josh O' Brien:
I started the last six games of the season finishing 34 of 53 for 592 yards 5 TDs and 1 INT for a NFL QB rating of 126. I also rushed 21 times for 112 yards and 4 TDs. I was 6-0 as the starting quarterback.

 
PrepCA: What is your official height and weight?
Josh: I am officially 6'4 190 lbs.

 

PrepCA: What is your greatest football memory?
Josh:
My greatest football memory is winning the CIF Division 4 Championship at Qualcomm Stadium against Palo Verde 20-12. We were up 20-0 in the third quarter, but Palo Verde came back and shrunk our lead to only 8 points. I ended up at safety at the end of the game because of a few injuries and our defense shut Palo Verde's offense down with less than a minute to go on our own 30 yard line.

 
PrepCA: What are your goals for the upcoming season?
Josh: My goals for the upcoming season include winning another CIF Division 4 Championship and beating local back to back CIF Division I Champions Torrey Pines in our first game of the season at Torrey Pines.

  
PrepCA: How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer?
Josh: I am preparing for the upcoming season by working on my mechanics and throwing with various people almost every day of the week. I am also putting on some weight by lifting Monday through Friday and running 2 times a week to improve my speed with highly known trainer Doug Hix who trains many professional athletes and is our new strength and conditioning coach here at SFC. I will be attending a Nike Camp, but I'm not sure which one yet (probably the one at USC on April 17th) and I will also be attending the EA Sports Elite 11 Camp at Cal on May 22nd. I do also plan on attending a few college camps this summer, but I am not sure which ones yet and I will be attending the MSL combine in Long Beach.


PrepCA: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?
Josh:
I have been working really hard on my throwing mechanics. My coach Brian Sipe (former QB and NFL MVP) has been telling me that I need to come over the top more in order to get a more powerful delivery.

 
PrepCA: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
Josh: Some of my teammates that people need to look out for are seniors Ryan King (OL/LB), Kyle Shoemaker (TE/LB), Paul Tremblay (OL/DL) and underclassmen Stanley Paul (WR/FS), and Corbin Cutshaw (RB/LB). All five of them should be division 1 prospects.

 
PrepCA: Name one teammate you really respect and why?
Josh: The one teammate I really respect is Ryan King. He lives in the weight room and all always sells out for the team. He is the hardest worker I have ever met and is a strong leader on our team. Ryan is one of those guys who is always mad after hitting drills are over because he loves nothing more than knocking the snot out of someone.

 
PrepCA: What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
Josh: My goals regarding playing football in college are high. I want to able to play division 1 football and have a major impact on the school that I am at.

                                                         

PrepCA: Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?
Josh:
I am currently being recruited by UCLA, Colorado, Duke, Utah, Tulsa, and Harvard. I do not have any offers yet.

 
PrepCA: Would you consider staying in state to play in college?
Josh: I would love to stay in state and play in college, but I will go where I have the best opportunity to play.

 
PrepCA: What would your top 5 college choices be?
My top 5 college choices would be Cal, Stanford, UCLA, Colorado, and Notre Dame.

  
PrepCA: Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?
Josh: The best player I have ever played against is Oaks Christian quarterback Jimmy Clausen. He has a strong arm and makes very good decisions.

 
PrepCA: Name one opponent who you really respect and why?
Josh:
Jedon Matthews from Horizon because he is shifty quarterback who is fun to play against.

 
PrepCA: What other sports do you play?
Josh: I play basketball and our team made it to the state semi-finals this year.

 
PrepCA: What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?
Josh:
My max bench is 200, squat is 365, power clean is 185 and my 40 is 4.8

 
PrepCA: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
Josh:
My coach would probably describe me as someone who works hard and makes good decisions on the football field.

  
PrepCA: Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Josh:
My favorite athlete is Michael Jordan because through hard work he became the best basketball player to ever the play the game of basketball and he has lots of fun while doing it.

 
PrepCA: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Josh:
Being good is the enemy of greatness because to be great you can never be satisfied with just being good.

 
PrepCA: Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?
Josh:
We have 17 returning starters from a team that has won back to back CIF Div. 4 championships and we are looking for a third straight title. We should be a top ten team in San Diego County.


PrepCA: What can a college program expect from you as a player?
Josh:
They can expect someone who will fight to be the best player he can be and someone who is never satisfied.

 

The staff at PrepCA would like to thank Josh for his time and wish him luck in his search for a 3rd consecutive CIF title. Anyone wishing to contact Josh may email jason@24-7football.com.


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