"All quarterbacks at the Division One level have strong arms. I'm a leader. I get along well with my teammates, and they trust me in the huddle."
He likes throwing the long ball, but his favorite play is the screen pass. "I love to watch those D-lineman run right past the play."
It's no surprise Savage was recruited by over a dozen college programs. At Haverford High School in Pennsylvania he says he threw for 3,000 yards and over 20 touchdowns. He decided on Wisconsin. "I took an unofficial visit," he said, "and I just fell in love with the place."
But it wasn't long after the Badgers' coaching change at offensive coordinator that Savage found himself riding the pine and looking for a new opportunity. That moment of serendipity arrived with the phone call by Coffeyville Community College coach Jeff Leiker.
Savage had never been to Kansas or heard of Coffeyville, but when he and his dad took a visit, it was clearly a spot where he could focus his energies on school and football. "There's not much else to do." And it didn't hurt that Coffeyville perennially maintains one of the best JC football programs in the nation. Savage joined Coffeyville for spring ball this year.
"Coach Leiker is awesome. He's taught me a lot, and we have an excellent coaching staff." And that's one of the things Savage will be considering when he transfers to a D1 school after his graduation this December. Coaching staffs.
"I'll be spending a lot of time with the coaches, especially the quarterbacks coach. That relationship is very important."
Savage's parents have always stressed grades over football, and that fact is well reflected in his 3.5 GPA. As for next year, he's not worrying about where he'll be transferring, although there has already been interest from Colorado, Louisville, and Nebraska. "I'm only focused on the upcoming season and winning a championship. The rest will take care of itself." He should graduate from Coffeyville in December.
Sounds like a leader. He even has a great football name. Savage.
"Yeah, he said, "I like it a lot."