Move to quarterback helps spark success

q&a: garrett weinhold, fallston, football

November 16, 2008|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to the Baltimore Sun

Garrett Weinhold played a major role in helping Fallston's football team earn the school's first postseason berth this year. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior had been a running back, but he moved to quarterback and guided the team's offense to success this season.

Fallston went 7-3 in the regular season, and Weinhold had a hand in 22 touchdowns. He's also drawn a lot of interest from colleges, most of whom see him as a slotback because of his speed and good hands.

Weinhold also wrestles and plays baseball for Fallston but mainly wants to play football in college, and possibly coach later on.

Were you surprised when the coaches asked you to play quarterback for the first time?

Yes, actually I really didn't know who would step up and fill the spot. When they asked me, I was ready to take the leadership role to put my team in the best position to win, and it's all worked out.

How nervous were you about moving from running back to quarterback?

I was pretty nervous. It was different being in a live pocket, and reading defenses was different. I had to think a lot more on the field. I just had to stay calm and play the game the way I always played it.

How much extra work has it been for you this season?

It was a lot of extra mental work, taking home the game plan all the time and studying the defenses. You just have to know what everyone's doing on the field all the time.

Did you ever imagine having a season where you'd have a hand in so many touchdowns?

Not really. It's awesome to have [done] it. I give a lot of credit to my line and the other players on the field. They're all doing their job and that allows me to do mine.

What has it meant for the school to finally make the playoffs after 31 years?

I think it's meant a lot - a lot for the team, a lot for the school, and a lot for Coach [Dave] Cesky, of course. I think we deserved it this year. We came out and worked hard, very hard. Everyone was thrilled. We reached our goal, which was making the playoffs. Now our goal is to see how far we could go.

What have you learned from being a starting quarterback?

For the most part, I've learned about taking the leadership role on a team. You have to really stay calm and keep your composure, no matter what happens. You can't lose it when something goes wrong. You have to lead the way you want your team to act in a tough situation.

Who's your favorite football player?

Ray Lewis, definitely. For his leadership skills and the way he plays the game, pure adrenaline and pure aggressiveness, all the time.

If you had a chance to talk to Ray Lewis, what would you ask him?

I would ask him what it took for him to make it to the level he's at right now, the commitment it took mentally and physically for him to make it to the NFL.

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