Cedric Case puts team first and keeps on winning

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Cedric Case is a talented young quarterback in Lincoln, Nebraska, and he has a knack for winning football games. Lots of football games.
But Case is not interested in talking about his role in the success of the Star City Silverbacks, a team he helped lead to an 88-5-1 record and two straight national championships.
Case is similarly not interested in talking about his individual accomplishments this season. As the starting quarterback for the Lincoln High School freshman team, Case and the Links got off to a 4-0 start.
Not only was Lincoln averaging around 56 points per game on offense, the defense opened the season with four straight shutouts.
“It’s not about me, but our school is doing great so far,” Case said. “Our team is playing really well and it’s all about how I can help my team win.”

Born leader

John Goodwin is the freshman head coach and he’s thrilled to have Case under center for the Links, even if it is only for one season.
“Cedric Case was put on this Earth to lead,” Goodwin said. “For our team, he is the eye of the hurricane, which is the calmest part of the storm. In the middle of the chaos, he’s calm, cool and collected. Cedric competes his tail off and leads his team.”
Case has been playing with most of his freshmen teammates since he was a young kid still learning the game. “It’s a good thing,” he said. “I’ve been blessed to play with the same guys since I was 7, 8 years old, so we have a lot of team chemistry. Moving into high school, it’s been great, getting that first year under our belt. We’re playing against guys that are a lot bigger, more mature at this level. It’s just good to see this and experience it first.”
While he doesn’t like taking any individual credit, Case has undoubtedly helped make Lincoln’s offense roll this season. “I’m really happy,” said the 5-foot-7, 130 pounder. “I feel like I get better by going against my teammates in practice. They give me some of the best looks, so that going into a game it makes the reads a lot easier. I feel like I’ve matured a lot mentally with my decision making and practice makes the games a lot easier.”
Case is thrilled to be the QB of such a high potent offense. “My O line does a great job, and I’m not the saying that to sound like I’m being humble,” he said. “I’m being for real when I say that these guys are great every day and they work and work and work so hard. You can see it in the film and you can see it every time they line up. They make my job a lot easier.”

Bright future

Down the road, Case has positioned himself to emerge as the starting varsity quarteback job at Lincoln.
“Cedric is a QB in our program with many skills far beyond most freshman quarterbacks,” said Mark Macke, the Links’ head varsity coach. “His knowledge of the game and the ability to read coverages serves him well. Not only does he understand the nuances of our offense, he is able to help direct his teammates so that they as well understand our various concepts. Cedric has a very bright future as a quarterback. More importantly, he is an outstanding teammate that is upbeat and positive.
“He is a very accurate passer, outstanding with ball fakes and he continues to improve. I have very high expectations for Cedric as he moves forward in our football program. Lastly, and certainly not least, is the fact that Cedric is a very good student. Cedric takes his academics very serious, as he gets top grades at Lincoln High School.”
Case, a straight-A student who was voted team captain of the freshman team, has been training with NFA for the last six years. His father, Chad, is NFA’s National Director of Nutrition and a veteran coach.
“NFA is where I’ve learned everything,” Cedric Case said. “I went to my first camp when I was 9 years old and thinking that you know a little bit of something. When I was walking out my dad asked me, ‘What do you need to do? What to do you need to improve?’ I said, ‘I need to learn how to throw the football.’ They changed everything and now I feel confident and it’s comfortable. They taught me how to read defenses, footwork, every aspect of the game. If it wasn’t for NFA I don’t think I’d be in the position I am today.”
Keyuo Craver, a former NFL player, a Nebraska Husker Hall of Famer and currently Lincoln High’s defensive backs coach, is already impressed with Case.
“Cedric is definitely a special athlete,” Craver said. “His preparation and work ethic are outstanding and he always keeps a positive atittude on the field. He has great presence in the pocket and also has a great quick release. Most importantly. Cedric is humble and coachable and this will definitely take him far in life.”

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Scot Gregor is an award-winning sportswriter for the Chicago Daily Herald. In addition to writing about Big 10 and Notre Dame football, Gregor has also covered the White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and college basketball. He grew up in Pittsburgh and watched the Steelers rise to prominence in the 1970s. Gregor has a B.S. degree in Journalism from Ohio University

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