Indianos a soaring Eagle
Published: Friday, August 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 12:17 a.m.
Oak Hall quarterback Will Indianos has spent most of his life learning from former UF passers. If things go as he plans, he'll be shooting past a couple of current Gator quarterbacks in the record books this year.
Indianos completed 220-of-297 passes for 2,942 yards and 28 touchdowns for the Eagles his junior year. He enters this season 32 touchdowns shy of former Ocala Trinity Catholic and current Gator backup John Brantley's state record of 99 career passing touchdowns. Indianos is also 2,966 yards shy of Tim Tebow's career passing mark (9,922) at Ponte Vedra Beach Nease.
Those numbers have brought interest from colleges all over the country. At last count the number was 51, but there are two numbers that Indianos seems tired of hearing about.
His height: 5-foot-9 inches.
"Some coaches say that ‘Your fundamentals and skills are great, but you're not tall enough to play here,' " Indianos said. "I just get past it and keep moving."
He has been moving a lot this summer. Along with Steve Spurrier's and Kerwin Bell's passing camps, which he has gone to each of his high school summers, Indianos attended the invitation-only Nike Elite camp and the Scout Elite 150 at Auburn University. He's still receiving invitations to work out all over the country.
"I've been going mostly for exposure," said Indianos, who listed his current favorites as Air Force, Dartmouth and South Florida. "They've been helping me with my mechanics, too. I think schools are starting to notice me more."
But with the exposure comes more questions from coaches about his height. He's heard them since he took over as the Eagles' starter at the end of his freshman season. Since then, he's let his play do the answering.
"Obviously (my height is) going to keep some of the bigger teams from wanting to take a chance on me," he said. "But for me, it's never been a problem.
"I've never had any problems or issues while playing."
Indianos began playing as a youth at the Boy's and Girl's Club, where he worked privately with former UF quarterback Shane Matthews. This year, his coach is former Gator Noah Brindise, who recently worked as the offensive coordinator at UNLV and quarterbacks coach with the Washington Redskins under Spurrier.
He also works out three hours every day, often with a personal trainer, running through sport-specific exercises built to improve his quarterbacking skills.
Indianos is starting his senior year with his fourth different offensive coordinator at Oak Hall. He's also throwing to a new set of receivers after the graduation of Skyler Neale and Luke DiPerna, who combined for 2,090 yards and 24 receiving touchdowns last year.
But after Oak Hall's 41-22 victory over St. Francis Catholic in May's spring game, the learning curve with new receivers Gene Rodrick and Daniel Schultz seems small.
"Daniel only caught six passes all of last year," said Oak Hall coach Scott McDaniel. "He caught seven (for 157 yards and three touchdowns) in the spring game alone. I think they're all blending nicely."
It was McDaniel's all-out passing attack that helped Indianos improve on a season in which he broke several state sophomore passing records. Though the Eagles plan to add a running element to their offense this season, McDaniel still thinks Indianos has a shot at the records.
"Even though I don't sit around and think of ways to get him (the records), I want it for him and I want it for the team," McDaniel said. "If he's getting the records, then the team is likely doing well, so those two will go hand-in-hand."
For Indianos, the records would mean a lot, but not as much as seeing his team improve on last season's 4-6 record.
"It's crossed my mind, but it's not something I focus on," he said. "I just try to keep playing my best and focus on the task at hand. I'm sure it would help me get more exposure, but we need to win more games this year for it to be worth anything."
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