Lendon Redwine has skill, passion at QB

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Lendon Redwine has skill, passion at QB

Lendon Redwine aspires to be a top-flight football player when he reaches the high school level. He took a major step toward reaching that goal, transferring from his Virginia middle school across the state line to Kingsport, Tenn., this year.

Redwine is now focusing on eventually playing football for Dobyns-Bennett High School, a perennial Division 6A state powerhouse. “I want to continue to get stronger and improve my knowledge of the game and the quarterback position,” Redwine said. “I am growing fast and need to work to keep my coordination sharp.”

Working on his game has never been a problem for Redwine. Before leading the seventh grade Robinson Redskins to the City Championship this season, scoring a touchdown and running in the 2-point conversion during a 14-6 win over cross-town rival John Sevier, he attended five NFA camps over the past two years.

Redwine finished seventh in the NFA showcase Duel of the Dozens in Ohio each of the past two years. “They have helped my mechanics tremendously, as well as recognizing defenses,” he said. “NFA stresses leadership so highly, and I feel they have helped me become a better leader on and off the field.”

Attention to detail

NFA Coach Mansur Ivie has worked extensively with Redwine, and he raves about the up-and-coming quarterback. “I’m really high on Lendon,” Ivie said. “His intangibles are off the charts. I’ve been doing this for a few years and I’ve never met someone who followed through on the coaching, principles and suggestions I’ve given more the Lendon. Besides that, he’s extremely intelligent and a football junkie. As a coach he’s the quintessential kid you want in your program.”

Redwine has been playing football since he was five years old. His love for the sport really accelerated when he joined the Tennessee Delta Force and competed in a travel league. “Playing at a high level of competition really drove me to work harder,” Redwine said.

As he continues to work and gains more experience, Redwine should develop into a complete QB. “Playing quarterback has come natural for me,” he said. “I love being in control of the game, being the leader of my team, and reading a situation and making the decision that moves the chains. Between now and next season, I want to work with my receivers and develop my passing game.  That will be the key to reaching my goal of winning the league championship.”

This past season, Redwine played in run-oriented triple option offense, and he utilized his rushing ability. He’s also looking forward to passing the ball as much as possible. “I want to be a complete player, like Marcus Mariota at Oregon,” Redwine said. “He mixes run and pass both so well, and is hard to defend.”

 

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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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