Wade Markley Finally Making His Mark

Wade Markley has waited his turn to play quarterback at Ft. Wayne Bishop Dwenger. In a winning system that characterizes Ft. Wayne Dwenger, many players have to wait their turn in the senior rotation. Markley was patient and when he stepped in for his senior season, he came out slinging. Markley threw for 192 yards and 3 touchdowns in his first appearance as a starter.

In week two, he threw a 60 yard touchdown, but was taken out in the second quarter. Ft. Wayne Dwenger had managed 5 defensive touchdowns off of 5 interceptions, led the game at the half 46 to 0, and Markley was basically done for the night courtesy of the defense.

Markley has that D1 size at 6-4 195 lbs. Characterized as a pocket type passer, Wade has a strong arm and is mobile enough that he is creating some interest due to positive summer camp experiences he had across the midwest. Playing football and basketball give Wade a good athletic connection. Knowing he was going to be Dwenger's starting quarterback this season, Wade took the summer off from playing AAU basketball.

"I had a very busy summer of football," Markley related and he did. He attended one day camps at Indiana University, Bowling Green, Purdue, Northwestern, Michigan State, and Miami of Ohio. He and his team participated in the Colts 7 on 7 camp (which they won) and at the Miami of Ohio 7 on 7. He trained all summer at Athletes With Purpose led by Mike Ledo. Wade has simply put himself in a position to be successful.

But Markley is the first to recognize he can't do it on his own. "I see myself as a pro type quarterback. I joke with my coach that we need to spread it out and throw 40 times a game. But that isn't our style," he laughed. "Our success starts up front. There are times I have 6 to 8 seconds to throw the ball," Markley admitted. With regard to his receivers, he simply says, it is a matter of reloading every year. "We have several who have speed and excellent hands."

The goal is simple and the memory of last year's trip to the state finals and the loss to Cathedral are etched in his and in the minds of his teammates. "I remember that feeling and we have unfinished business," he told the IVS. But there are some other matters like winning the Summit Athletic Conference and getting better each week that are just as important to Markley as that post- Thanksgiving day trip to Indianapolis.

"We have some tough games ahead of us. Ft. Wayne Snider is big and our natural rival is Ft. Wayne Luers. That is also a big game," Markley reiterated. Markley simply wants to make his mark on this season by gaining another opportunity to play for a 4A state championship and then he might make his mark at the next level as well.

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