When the J.C. Grid-Wire Preseason All-American list came out, a name popped up that many hadn't heard of before. Palomar College QB Tyler Lorenzen (6-5, 220) is a player that walked-on at Iowa State, got moved to receiver and then transferred to get an opportunity to be a quarterback. So far, the move appears to be a good one.
"A friend of mine from high school (Eddyville-Blakesburg in Iowa) came out to Palomar and played here and he said it was a good school, so I talked to the coaches and decided a move was the best thing for me," Lorenzen said.
"I loved my time at Iowa State, but they already have a really good quarterback (Bret Meyer) there and since I was an athletic walk-on QB, they moved me to wideout my redshirt freshman season (2005). I got a lot of time on special teams, but I didn't want to play wide receiver so I transferred here in January."
When he arrived he was almost immediately given the starting job for the Comets and he's run with it this past summer and so far this season.
In his first two games against West Los Angeles and Los Angeles Harbor, Lorenzen has completed 33 of 49 passes – a 67.3% completion percentage – for 497 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. He's also amassed 224 yards on the ground – a robust 17.2 yard average – and three more scores.
Both were big wins – 59-0 over West L.A. and 55-21 over Harbor – and Lorenzen said his stats reflect his athleticism and how he can hurt a defense.
"I'm pretty athletic for a big guy," Lorenzen said humbly. "I run the 40 in 4.6 seconds and I think I'm able to feel pressure pretty well. That allows me to get out and run and make things happen when I need to."
The lefty signal-caller said his mechanics suffered during his time as a wideout and it has taken him time to get back to where he needs to be, but one thing he has always been good at is film study and that is where he found his solace when he started to re-learn his position.
"I'm a thinking quarterback more than just an athletic guy really," Lorenzen said. "I like to look at film and find a defense's weaknesses and then help my team do the best to exploit them. We've done pretty well so far."
On the recruiting front, Lorenzen wouldn't name any specific schools saying he was "just concentrating on doing well with my team because the recruiting stuff will happen when it needs to," so no schools are really on his radar at this point.
"I can't look forward right now, because I need to be the leader of this team and they need my full attention here," Lorenzen said. "When I get a few game tapes out, then I expect to hear from some schools, but until then I'm really not going to say who has contacted me and who hasn't because it doesn't really matter at this point."
Lorenzen, who will graduate this December, plans to major in Business Management at the next level and will have two years to play two.