Garmon Is A JUCO Gunslinger To Watch

Feather River QB Ja'Quay Garmon (6-2, 190) is a versatile playmaker with the ability to make plays on the run, but he prefers to stay in the pocket. When asked who he compares himself to, without hesitation he said former Louisville signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater. While that might seem like a lofty comparison, when you watch his film, you can see where the similarities lie...

Neither are very big in the conventional sense and both would prefer to make plays using their arm, rather than their legs, however, when the need arises, Garmon said he will not hesitate to take off and keep the chains moving.

"I really like sitting back and picking a defense apart with my arm. I mean, to me, that's what a quarterback is supposed to do -- be a distributor," Garmon told JCFootball.com over the weekend. "I can definitely get out and move if the play breaks down, but I don't just take off, I keep my eyes down field to see if my guys are breaking open and if they do, they I get them the ball in a position to make a play. But if no one breaks open, then I can get out and hurt a defense because they don't account for the quarterback much."

As a freshman last fall, while leading his team to a 6-4 record, Garmon completedly 56.6% of his passes for 2,688 yards with 27 touchdowns and eight picks.

"I had a good freshman season, but I know there is so much I can improve on," Garmon admitted. "It all begins with your footwork and that's been a big focus for me this spring. A lot of drills for my footwork and mechanics and then reading defenses, studying film, stuff like that."

Recruiting has been a bit slow to start the spring, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been hearing from any programs.

"The ones I've head from the most right now are Kansas, they just were out here recently, Memphis, Idaho and Colorado State a little bit," Garmon said. "All of them like me, but they wanted to see my progress this spring and summer and then they will give me another look this fall after the season gets started."

Garmon enjoyed a solid prep career at South Fulton (Tn.) High School, but admits he didn't handle his academics, so he had to go the JC route.

"I've matured so much since I got here," Garmon acknowledged. "I was always focused on things that weren't going to get my where I wanted to be, but now, I am completely focused on my academics and football. The rest sorta takes a back seat until I get the other stuff done."

Garmon is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in May of 2015 and he will have three years to play two following the 2014 season.

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