Shaker Reisig finishes first in Duel debut


Heading into his season with the Rush-Henrietta Junior Comets in the Rochester (N.Y.) Youth Football League, Shaker Reisig was already brimming with confidence.
Not only was the fifth grader on the upswing from his first year of training with NFA, Reisig finished first at the Duel in July. “I feel proud of myself at how well I did at the Duel,” he said. “When I got there, I just wanted to have fun and do my best.”
That’s exactly what Reisig did at NFA’s showcase event in Massillon, Ohio. He had a blast competing against fellow fifth grade quarterbacks from across the country, and he emerged as the winner from his age group.
“Having success at the Duel helped me by giving me more confidence that I can do this,” Reisig said. “It was a really great experience.”

Impressive start

Through his first three games of the season with the Junior Comets, the mulit-talented QB threw 2 touchdown passes and also ran for another TD and a pair of extra points. Reisig also had over 10 catches at the midseason mark.
As a rising young quarterback, the touchdown passes have given him the greatest satisfaction. “The team goal is to win more games this season,” Reisig said. “My personal goal is to be more accurate on hitting my receivers.”
That’s where working with NFA the past year has come into play. Playing such a challenging position at such a young age can be difficult, but Reisig is already thriving under center. And as he showed at the Duel, his passing ability is already at an advanced level.
“I’m happy with my footwork, which is one of my strengths playing quarterback,” Reisig said. “I am working to improve my throwing on the run and leading my receivers. NFA has helped me improve, and learning the R4 system has also helped me.”
Reisig started playing football five years ago, and he was a quarterback in his first two seasons playing flag and the last three playing tackle.
“I’ve always like playing quarterback,” he said. “I like calling the plays and throwing the football.”


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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