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Football: Wismer goes from bench to starring role at Curtis HS

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Aug. 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm with No Comments »
August 15, 2012 3:22 pm

VISIT TO CURTIS HIGH SCHOOL FALL CAMP

Scott Wismer knows his place.

The change is noticeable. Last season, he was a sophomore doing his best to fit in on the Curtis High School football team. And on that first day of preseason camp, he rotated among reserve fullback, inverted safety and heck – he was even a holder on field goal and PAT kicks.

And now he is the team’s starting quarterback as a junior.

How did that evolve? By the end of the 2011 season, he was starting at tight end. He showed natural leadership. Coach Clay Angle noticed his overall football-related intelligence. And he was a big athlete who could move – and quickly.

“And we now have a system,” Angle said, “where we don’t have to throw it a ton.”

Just in case, Wismer – who grew a few inches and gained 15 pounds in the offseason, and is now 6-foot-2, 175 pounds – attended a few Greg Barton Academy passing camps at Peninsula High School last winter.

The last time he had even THOUGHT about being a quarterback was in fifth grade – when he was the emergency signal caller.

But on Wednesday, as the Vikings went through their morning two-hour practice, there the left-hander was – whizzing out-route throws to receivers, handing the ball off to tailbacks, even showing a pretty good burst on quarterback keepers.

“Our new offense is working well,” said Wismer, who is also a varsity baseball player. “The linemen have figured out the plays, and that makes it easy on me.

“This is different. Last year, I was a sophomore. My head was spinning. This year, I know what the coaches are asking of me. I am ready.”

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