Laudenslayer can do it all

One of the more unheralded names in the California JUCO ranks this past season was Mendocino QB Jacob Laudenslayer (6-3, 225). He's about as talented as any signal-caller in the country and he can hurt teams with both his arm or his legs. caught up with the young man from northern California recently and we asked him what sets him apart from all the rest.

"I think it's my speed and my athleticism," Laudenslayer said. "My coaches said they wanted me on the field and because we already had an established quarterback, they put me at wide receiver which was kinda fun."

Laudenslayer played wideout early in the season for the Eagles and he managed to finish the season with 38 receptions for 413 yards and six touchdowns.

However, it was his work at quarterback that really wowed his coaches and perplexed opposing defensive coordinators.

"I was mainly playing wide receiver because my coaches wanted to get me on the field," Laudenslayer said. "They would throw me in at quarterback in different sets and at different times, but then with like three games left, our starter went down with an injury, so I played a lot in the last three games."

In Mendocino's 56-35 loss to Cabrillo College in the Capital Shrine Bowl, Laudenslayer had a huge day, completing 29 of 49 passes for 370 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

He finished the season by completing 75 of 136 passes for 1,022 yards, 11 touchdowns and only three interceptions while rushing for over 600 yards and six more touchdowns on the ground.

"I'm a quarterback," Laudenslayer said. "I mean, I'll do whatever it takes to help my team win, but I think I can be really good at quarterback now that I can focus on just that.

"This offseason I'm really focused on my mechanics and footwork, but a big thing for me is getting into the film room and getting better at reading defenses and understanding and knowing their tendencies and knowing what they are trying to do against me.

"Your speed and your athleticism can only take you so far so I'm really focused this year on the mental part of the game now that I can devote all my time to playing the position."

Laudenslayer prepped at Grace Davis High School in Modesto and got a few looks from some D-1AA schools, but scholarship offers never materialized so he chose the school that fit him the best.

"Idaho State and Richmond were really looking at me hard in high school, but nothing ever really came of it," Laudenslayer said. "We run the spread here at Mendocino and that's the kind of offense I think I fit in best and that's what I'm used to running."

"The coaches and the players were cool and the school and the program were just the right fit for me."

Laudenslayer plans to complete his highlight tape soon and to start mailing it out to a number of programs.

"Fresno State, Oregon, San Diego State, California, all the Pac 10 schools really," Laudenslayer said when asked what schools he hopes to be in contact with. "I mean, I'm open to anyone, but being from California, you gotta look at schools from the Pac 10 and know that that's the best conference out here.

"I'm just looking for a good situation where I can go in and compete for a job. I don't expect playing time to just be handed to me, but I just want chance to compete for the job and for playing time."

Because Laudenslayer was a full-qualifier out of high school he can leave at any time. He expects to finish up his degree in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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