JACKSON — Jordan Kent and Cooper Callis are emerging as one of the state’s most exciting QB to WR tandems.
The pair helped lead Jackson to an 8-3 record a year ago, and Kent has provided Callis, a 2018 quarterback, a consistent go-to target for the Indians.
At 5’9, 163-pounds, Kent is a tough match-up for opponents as he brings speed and quickness to the field. A year ago, he helped the Indians advance to a Class 5 district championship game as he scored five touchdowns in a semifinal win over Rockwood Summit.
He says he brings confidence to the team, as well as an understanding of his position.
“Confidence is a big key to success ,if you don’t have it the team won’t have confidence,” he said. “Wide receiver is pretty hard to keep up with, like you have all these signals or for other teams they have bands on there arm to study from. You have to read the defense and learn a lot of quick releases to run you route successfully.”
Kent says the biggest game he played in a year ago was against Cape Girardeau, a game the Indians won going away, 55-21.
“They are our biggest rivals, and it’s always fun to compete with the people you see every once in a while,” Kent said.
This offseason, Kent is working on improving his quick releases to be able to break out of his stance faster than he has in the past.
Jordan Kent says the biggest influence on his football career has been his brother, Quentin Kent. He began playing football in the second grade and eventually joined a travel youth football team.
A fan of Antonio Brown, Kent says he watches the NFL player’s releases and tries to incorporate them into his own game.