ASA's Eakin ready for the next step

When you peruse the returning JUCO players from across the country, one that comes to the forefront at the quarterback position is ASA's Travis Eakin (6-3, 198). After a year at the helm of the Avenger attack, the talented signal-caller has some D-1 programs looking at him and with an breakout sophomore campaign this fall he could see some offers coming his way.

Eakin prepped at Madison Academy in Huntsville, Alabama and was unable to qualify, so, as he was looking around for a JC to play at, he got in touch with ASA offensive coordinator Chris Boden who coached his brother in high school.

"I knew him already from when he coached my brother and I felt like I could succeed in the system that their school runs," Eakin told recently. "It's been a transition for me coming from the south up here to the northeast, but I'm just playing football and making the most of my time here."

Eakin started all but one game last year for ASA, posting solid numbers for a freshman -- going 94 of 183 for 1,344 and throwing 13 touchdowns and only four interceptions -- and that has some four-year schools showing him some interest heading into the 2010 season.

"My coaches have handled a lot of it for me since I'm getting ready for the season," Eakin said. "I know that Bowling Green and Temple have both asked for information on me and Fordham is also looking at me too, but right now I don't know a lot of the specifics.

"I'm not really worried about it right now because we have our season right around the corner and I believe if I have a good year, that I will get an opportunity to take that next step."

This offseason Eakin, who is a good athlete, said he's been working more on the mental side of the game.

"I wanted to get better at reading defenses," Eakin noted. "I got in the film room and studied with the coaches a lot and just wanted to make sure I had that side down because I felt like that was something I could improve on."

Eakin said he will finish his AA in winter quarter and will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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