SJSU offers Santa Ana QB

Sometimes when you have to back up established players, especially at quarterback, you have to bide your time waiting for the right moment to show what you can do. Santa Ana QB Mark Iddins (6-2, 205) has had to do that at both levels of football he's played, but this year, he and his coaches expect him to have a big season. Here's more from the outstanding signal-caller.

"When I played at Kamiak (just north of Seattle), I had to backup Gary Rogers who's now playing at Washington State," Iddins said. "So I really didn't to play much until I was a senior.

"Then, after I graduated, I was thinking about going to a D-2 or an NAIA school because they were the only schools to offer me a chance to play, but my coach (Kamiak head coach Dan Mack) said he knew about some junior colleges I could head to and maybe earn a scholarship to a D-1 school."

With Mack's help, Iddins chose to attend Golden West in Huntington Beach, California and greyshirted there in 2005 hoping to fight for playing time in 2006, but a coaching change forced him to reconsider where he would play last season.

"When the coaches left, I basically was like ‘I need to look to play somewhere else' so I started looking around," Iddins said. "Then I found out the Joey Halzle signed with Oklahoma, when I thought he was going to stay another year and so I was kind of regretting leaving, but I'm here at Santa Ana and I'm happy."

As seems to be the case with Iddins, he had to back up another very good quarterback in 2006, but now the show is his to run.

"He's an absolute stud," Santa Ana head coach Geoff Jones said earlier this spring. "He's really athletic and he and Kasey Peters had a great competition last year.

"He's bulked up a little bit and he's all of 6-3 and about 200 pounds. He can run and throw and he's really accurate. He's got all the tools you could want in a quarterback. He's got a great arm, good feet, enough speed to hurt defenses and he's so smart and very accurate.

"We love him and I think he'll be a highly recruited guy and have some really good choices on where he wants to go."

And it looks like Jones is absolutely correct in that assessment.

"I just got offered by San Jose State the other day," Iddins said. "They came out and offered me so that was pretty exciting.

"I've had a good spring so that's helped. Schools like Missouri, California and Oregon have been out. Oregon said that they weren't really looking for a quarterback this year, but then they watched me practice and by the end they told my coaches they would be recruiting me because they liked me a lot."

Iddins enjoys the attention that recruiting has brought, but he said he's also not so full of himself that he won't be working on things this offseason.

"Oh I am working mainly on my speed," Iddins, who ran a 4.9 forty at the JCFootball.com combine in Los Angeles on May 12th. "My mechanics and footwork are good so it allows me to throw from about any position or in the face of a blitz too, but I want to get faster and quicker, so I'll be working on that this summer."

While he plans to wait and take some visits before he makes a decision on a school, Iddins said he knows what he's looking for in the program he ultimately chooses.

"I want to look at the size of the program and where they are headed in the future," Iddins said. "Playing time is also a big consideration too because I'll only have three years to play two when I get there."

Because Iddins was a full-qualifier out of high school, he can leave whenever he wants to, but he will finish his two-year degree in December and will arrive on campus in time for spring practices.

We'll have more from this outstanding signal-caller as the summer progresses.

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