Last summer, before his junior year at Farmington High School in Arkansas, Brice Waggle received the news he was hoping to hear – he was named the Cardinals’ starting varsity quarterback.
To prepare for the challenge Waggle attended his first NFA camp, in nearby Fort Smith.
“They really helped me out with my mechanics and helped me read coverages,” Waggle said. “I started with NFA last year and I’ve loved it ever since. They really helped me with my form. It was a little off and they really just tightened up my form and helped me get the ball out quicker and improve my accuracy. They helped me with all the things I needed for the season.”
And what a season it was. After starting one game at QB for Farmington as a sophomore and rotating in and out the rest of the year, Waggle firmly established himself as a junior.
Offensive Player of Year
The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder completed 143 of 229 pass attempts for 1,978 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also rushed for 250 yards and 3 more scores and was voted All-NWA Media Offensive Player of the Year for Class 5A and below.
“Overall, our record (4-6) wasn’t that good,” Waggle said. “But our team just held in there and the 5A West is a pretty difficult conference. I’m proud of our team and how we did and how we performed on the field. Every game was a close game. Pretty much the only team that had us was Little Rock Christian, and Greenbrier in the second half. Every other game besides those, they were close.”
Waggle helped keep the rush-oriented Cardinals competitive. When injuries took a toll at running back and on the offensive line, Farmington started putting the football in the air.
In a Sept. 19 game against Class 7A Van Buren, Waggle passed for 262 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also led the Cardinals to their first win over rival Prairie Grove since the 2010 season.
“Personally, I was happier with the way I threw the ball this past season,” Waggle said. “I thought I threw the ball harder and I was a lot more accurate. My completion percentage (62) was really at the top in all of Arkansas. I had great receivers and it was just a really good combo.”
Return to NFA
To prepare for his senior season at Farmington Waggle is bulking up in the weight room, and he’ll return to NFA and take part in this weekend’s Off-Season Development Camp in Fort Smith.
“I’m hoping to put on a little more weight,” Waggle said. “I’m pretty skinny, as my coach (Mike Adams) would say. Bulk up a little more and definitely work on my pre-snap reads. I can get better at finding the coverage, finding what routes would be open. I need to really work on pre-snap reads and knowing what I need to do before the ball is snapped.”
Waggle was very good as a junior, he is poised to be even better as a senior, and he hopes to play college football after graduating from Farmington.
“I’m really looking forward to college,” Waggle said. “I’m trying to keep my grades up so if anything happens, I can rely on my grades to carry me through. I am a 4.0 student and if I have the opportunity, I want to be ready for an academic scholarship. But I really do want to play in college and my coach said I can play if I really do want to. It’s going to take some work, but he said I can definitely get there. If I have the opportunity to play college football, I really want to.”