Andrew Marty gets OpC4 boost
While he is looking forward to moving up and becoming the starting quarterback for the Wyoming (Ohio) High School football team next season, Andrew Marty has a right to be a little overwhelmed. Not only is he still a freshman, Marty has to fill a pretty big pair of shoes.
This past season, Will Marty – Andrew’s cousin – was the varsity starter at QB, and the senior led the Cowboys to an 8-2 record while establishing a slew of passing records at the Cincinnati-area school. Andrew did get an early jump as a freshman, stepping in for Will and completing 10 of 17 passes for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns in 7 varsity games.
Andrew Marty also started for the JV team and led Wyoming to a 5-2 record (5-0 in conference play) while throwing 20 touchdown passes and running for seven more scores.
Now, the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder is preparing to be the full-time starter on the Cowboys’ varsity team. Marty got an early jump on moving up to the next level by attending NFA’s first annual OpC4 camp in Tampa on Jan. 1-4.
“It was definitely the best camp I’ve been to, by far,” he said. “It was just an amazing experience. It was such a big eye-opener for me and it really gave me a new mentality. It set the standard higher for me. Coming back from that, doing all those crazy and intense workouts, it gave me a new mindset that I have more ability to work harder and do more than I ever thought I could.”
Even though he is coming off a hugely successful freshman season, Marty realizes he is far from being a finished product. The OpC4 camp helped him shake off some of the rust from the winter.
“Not only was it a really good refresher, I learned a lot,” Marty said. “I was doing some things wrong and they fixed them up. And they taught us some new things to think about when we’re walking up to the line, such as the hard deck as they called it. They taught us new ways to look at the defense as you walk up to the line. It was an amazing experience, with all the coaches there. It was so much fun.”
The OpC4 camp was also challenging, especially with several military leaders being on hand.
“We had an unbelievable experience to be able to talk to some of the guys that were there,” Marty said. “They gave us their definition of leadership and we were doing sit-ups and push-ups on the beach every morning and they were making us recite it. It was: ‘Leadership is a process of influencing others by providing motivation, purpose and direction to accomplish a mission to better your organization.’ That just really stuck with me. It’s one of those things where you wake up in the morning, you’re not having a good morning, and you think back to all the things we did at the OpC4 camp. It’s really motivating.”
Marty is convinced that going through the OpC4 experience can only help him as a varsity starter. He can’t wait for next season to arrive.
“I’m so excited,” Marty said. “It’s going to be a great experience. My (high school) coaches came back from a meeting with some college coaches and they’ve got some new fresh ideas, some new plays and stuff. I’m looking forward to everything, looking forward to a great season.”