(Shreveport, LA) Year after year, Evangel tradition speaks for itself.
No one knows that tradition better than Quarterback Dakota Duron. A fourth generation gunslinger for the Eagles, who had no choice but to throw the rock.
"Growing up, all
my brother's have been quarterbacks, the three brothers before me," Duron said. "And so my
dad and my brother's always taught me to throw. With their help, it's
just a little bit of an advantage with the form and everything."
Evangel head coach Phillip Deas has been in the program more than a decade. He's coached and played with the Duron legacy.
"He brings so much history with him," Deas said. "He's been running around this field since he was four years old and he's watched all of his brother's play quarterback."
His throwing form is textbook, but his height is not ideal at less than 6-foot; but Deas says what he lacks in size, he makes up for in speed and intangibles.
"What he lacks in size, he makes up for in his knowledge of the game and just his competitive spirit."
Duron doesn't let physical stature stop him.
"It's different being a short quarterback, obvisously, as to seeing it's a little bit different seeing as compared to the tall guy. I'm a little bit more mobile than most guys and I've just got a great group of receivers out there to help me out."
One of those receivers is Louisiana Tech commit Trent Taylor. He joins a flock of Eagles that'll play at the next level, but after a tough 2011 season, coach Deas says they're focused on returning back to the state's elite.
"We've got a lot of guys that are going to be playing, but they're excited about this season and going to the dome this year."