Dylan Emery on the move in Colorado


As the starting freshman quarterback at Legend High School in Parker, Colorado, Dylan Emery is focused on his current season, but he understandly keeps an eye on the future.
“We want to win as many games as we can this season,” Emery said “And one of our team goals is to come together more for next year. We all want to get that chemistry going so we can roll more when we’re with the JV and the varsity.”
Emery has been impressive for the Titans’ freshman team in the early going. In the first two games, he combined for 250 passing yards and 4 touchdowns and rushed for nearly 60 yards and 2 more scores.
The 6-foot, 160-pounder is comfortable throwing or running in Legend’s spread offense.
“With our offense, I like it more than being just under center,” Emery said. “We run out of the shotgun all the time and it’s a faster paced offense. We get out there, get moving and get going.”

Bright future

With the ability to do damage throwing or running the football, Emery has a very bright future with the Titans.
“When I throw, I have two really good wide receivers that can go and get the ball,” he said. “They can make some moves after the catch and gain extra yardage. Running the ball, I like that and I can get some extra yards. It also opens up the passing game and the rest of our running game. If the defense thinks I’m going to run, I can come up to the line of scrimmage and find an open receiver.”
Like all talented quarterbacks, Emery realizes there is more to the position that moving the offense up and down the field. “I try to be the best leader I can be,” he said.

NFA influence

Emery has been training with NFA the past two years, and that has helped him develop as a QB and a strong leader. “NFA has helped me with a lot of things,” he said. “They helped me with gap escapes, they helped me see the defense better. The coverage tests they do really help, especially when you’re up at the line before you’re about to make your calls. You can see how the defense is lined up and know how to check out if you have to. You also know what to tell the coaches.”
Emery attended his first Duel this summer and did very well, finishing second among incoming freshmen.
“I just wanted to compete and see how I stacked up against the other kids that were there,” he said. “I feel like I did great overall. I feel like I could have done a little bit better, but for the first time at the Duel and with all of the new obstacles there, it was great.”
Emery’s Duel success has carried over into his first high school season. “I think the Duel let me know that my skills are becoming more developed,” he said. “The competition was really high there and it was a great challenge for me. Competing the way I did really helped my confidence.”

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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