My name is Cole Lopez and I am an 8th grade student who will be attending Mountain View High School in Tucson, Arizona in 2027. I have been playing football since I was 8 years old, starting with friends at school, then joining Under the Lights flag football, and eventually playing tackle for the Marana Broncos.
Football is my favorite sport because of the constant action and competition. I have also made some good friends through the sport, and as a quarterback, I am always in the thick of the action. Most of the time I am throwing the ball, but I also enjoy running and trucking guys on the field. I love making great throws and receiving positive feedback from my coaches and teammates. I also enjoy using fake throws to fool the defense.
To be a good quarterback, there are several key attributes. These include having a strong arm for long throws, 10-15 yard outs, and quick slants, having a good memory to know all of the plays, being a good leader, and never giving up in a game. My favorite quarterback is Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills. I love watching him throw the ball downfield, sideline to sideline, and drill a fastball in between two defenders. I also enjoy watching him run over players and sometimes even hurdle them.
In addition to football, I also enjoy playing basketball and Xbox. I like to go to the park and play basketball with my friends at least twice a week. I play Xbox with my friends and my favorite game is Apex. I also like lifting weights with my dad. He takes me to the gym about three times a week.
I have not attended many football camps in the past, but this year I plan to start going to more. I enjoyed the drills where I could be a receiver and the ladder drills, which helped me improve my foot speed. My goal for the next 6 months is to improve my mechanics, specifically my footwork, so that I can be a more accurate passer. I also want to work out 4-5 times a week, and get one-on-one QB training.
In the off-season, I spend my time doing conditioning training. I go twice a week with about 15-20 kids and we work on foot speed and agility drills. I also work on my QB mechanics with my dad. This year, I will also work out with my high school team, and my dad will continue to be my coach and mentor, helping me with mechanics and footwork, and giving me the confidence to be the best player I can be.