Neal Pawsat, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback, has one of the strongest arms in the state, but when asked to describe himself, he mentioned other things as his strengths. "I think my intelligence as well as my accuracy (are my strengths)," said Pawsat. "(Coach Buchanan) gives me a lot of freedom in our offense. I get to decide when to pass and when to run," he continued.
Pawsat doesn't overlook the areas where improvement is needed though. "I definitely need to get my speed up. Once I get going, I'm fine. But my acceleration can improve," he said.
As a junior, Pawsat threw for nearly 2000 yards in ten games, prior to getting hurt in the regular season finale. "I thought I did well. I thought my decision making was a lot better. I got hurt in the last regular season game," Neal said. "Overall I did alright. I am coming back next year with bigger expectations."
And Pawsat's expectations are?
"My only goal is to win a state championship. That's all I've wanted to do since I was a freshman in high school," he said.
To make that happen, Pawsat knows he'll have to improve his game. "If I just worry about improving as a quarterback and as a leader and a player, all that other stuff will come. What I can control is me getting better and playing well," Pawsat said.
Colleges have already begun to take notice of Neal's abilities and he'll have more chances to display his skills over the summer.
"I've got a busy camp schedule. I'm going to about 11 or 12 camps. I went to Score 6 last weekend in Lexington. I am going to UK's camp this summer," he continued. "I went to several Junior Days in the early part of the year: Duke, Marshall, Illinois and UK," he said.
Pawsat has an idea about when he wants to make his choice. "Best case scenario would be before my senior year. That's really what I want to do right now," he said.
Until that time, he'll continue to prepare for next season. "My receivers and I have been throwing three days a week in the morning before school. I have to get back into the competition. I'm a little rusty, but I'll be alright," he finished.