Ethan Fitzgerald making big strides in Texas


Ethan Fitzgerald making big strides in Texas


While he stands 6-foot-2 and already has the physical attributes of an experienced varsity quarterback, Ethan Fitzgerald is still growing at the key position.


As the starting freshman QB for Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School in Texas this season, Fitzgerald led the Chargers to a 6-3 record and passed for 6 touchdowns while running for 2 more scores while rushing for over 100 yards in two games.


“I was most happy with how we came out and played real hard and never stopped trying,” said Fitzgerald, who has been playing football since third grade. “And as the season progressed, I felt like my individual play got a lot better, so I’m happy with that too. Playing quarterback, it’s where I want to be because I can help lead the team.”


Fitzgerald got a double shot of confidence following his eighth grade season. During spring workouts, the Boerne-Champion High School coaches came over to watch the incoming freshmen and offensive coordinator J.D. Zimmerhanzel immediately took notice of Fitzgerald and his polished mechanics.


Stepping up in NFA showcase


Over the summer, Fitzgerald attended the Duel of the Dozens in Ohio, an NFA showcase event. Going up against talented quarterbacks from all over the country and Canada, Fitzgerald finished third among competitors headed into ninth grade.


“I went to the Duel after my seventh grade season and didn’t place,” Fitzgerald said. “There were a lot of people there watching, and there was a lot of really good competition. To be honest, I was kind of nervous and I think that affected my performance. To go back this past summer and finish third in the Duel, it really gave me a lot of confidence.”


Look for Fitzgerald to keep growing, both in size and experience. He was typically the tallest player on the field this season and he exploited the height advantage. “Just being able to see over the line and find open receivers, being tall is a big help,” Fitzgerald said. “I don’t have to really worry much about having passes being knocked down by the defense.”


As for his mechanics, Fitzgerald gives big credit to all of the NFA camps he’s attended the past four years. “They helped me with a lot of my pre-snap reads, after-snap reads and my gap escapes,” he said. “And I’ve used a lot of what I’ve learned from them to work on my post reads, and Type 1, 2 and 3 throws. They’ve really helped me out a lot.”


As he heads into his sophomore season, Fitzgerald’s goal is to not only suit up with the varsity at Boerne-Champion, but also be the starting QB. “It would be great to be on varsity, but I’d love to start,” he said. “I’m going to work hard, try to gain weight and work extra hard on my passing. Just from doing well at the Duel and my freshman season, it boosted 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