McAlvain Waiting For An Opportunity

Santa Rosa QB Christian McAlvain (6-2, 185) had an outstanding sophomore season for the Bear Cubs and hopes to turn that productivity into an opportunity to play at the next level...

This season, McAlvain led his team to a 7-4 record while completing 213 of his 385 (55.3%) attempts for 2,792 yards with 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The talented signal-caller also rushed for 288 yards and a team-leading six touchdowns on the ground.

While he's got the quick feet and athleticism to be a threat with both his arm and his legs, he said he knows where his bread is buttered.

"I have always considered myself a pocket-passer who can get out and run when I need to," McAlvain told "My job is to get the ball out to the receivers and other guys so they can do what they do best and that's make plays, but if I need to get out of the pocket and make a play with my legs, I have no problem doing that."

McAlvain spent the 2013 season redshirting and worked a lot on his overall game including studying his playbook, getting with his offensive coaches to understand different offensive concepts and to work on his accuracy as well.

"I wanted to work on everything from my size and strength to my understanding of our offense and how my coaches were trying to attack different defenses," McAlvain recalled. "So much of playing quarterback is understanding what the defense is doing and trying to do to you to get you out of your rhythm and make you one-dimensional, so I wanted to see how you attack those things and how you counteract what they are trying to do."

On the recruiting front, things have begin to pick up for McAlvain although he's still waiting on an offer.

"So far, it's mostly been D-2s, D-3s and some NAIA schools, but none of them have offered yet," McAlvain said. "I'm just looking for a place that wants me and to give me a chance to keep playing. I know I can help a team if someone gives me the opportunity.

"Of course I'd like to play at a bigger school, but right now, it's just about getting an opportunity to play ball somewhere and the right fit. If that's at a smaller school, then that's great."

McAlvain prepped at Windsor (Ca.) High School and was a good student there. He got overlooked as a senior, so he decided to head to Santa Rosa.

"They always have great offenses up here and the quarterbacks here have all gone on to have good careers later, so it was a great spot for me," McAlvain noted.

McAlvain can leave at any time, but he hopes to find a home and sign with a school in December and he will have two years to play two starting in 2015.

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