After a strong week 1 performance, Eureka quarterback Tyler Kennedy is showing he is one of the St. Louis area’s top young quarterbacks.
At 6’0, 190-pounds, Kennedy is a dual threat quarterback who has the ability to make plays with his arm or his feet. He rushed for 63 yards and passed for 149 and two TDs in a 45-26 win over Fort Zumwalt West in the Wildcats’ week 1 opener.
He says there are times he gets too up or too down on the field and maintaining a calm demeanor has been a big focus of emphasis over the past few month.
“I can throw the deep ball or tuck it and run when needed,” he said. “When people look at me they might see an average Joe kid, but I believe what makes me different than others is I am a scholar of the game.
“I take pride in my knowledge of the game and being able to see the read and adjust accordingly gives me the advantage I need to be successful.”
Kennedy says he has spent a lot of times focused on improving his footwork.
“If I make a bad pass, I look down at my feet to see if they were where they needed to be and more often than not they aren’t after a bad ball,” he said.
Kennedy says he has also focused on slowing down the game and indentifying coverages.
He began playing football in fourth grade with the Junior Wildcat program. He played running back until fifth grade when he suffered a torn ACL and was forced to take a whole year off from the sport. When he returned, he made a natural transition to quarterback and says that is when he fell in love with the game.
“Having the ball in my hands each and every play made the game more fun and challenging,” Kennedy said.
The Eureka Class of 2019 has been successful all the way through, losing one game from sixth to eighth grade.
“The thing that makes us so good is we don’t have a superstar, but instead we have a great core of players who know the game and work well together,” he said.
Kennedy says his father has been the most influential person in his football career to date and has helped coach his teams throughout the Junior Wildcat program.
A fan of Aaron Rodgers, Kennedy says he appreciates the Green Bay Packer quarterback’s leadership qualities.
“One of the things that I admire most about Rodgers is that he rarely shows emotion, but when he does he quickly turns his anger into fuel to play better and harder,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy says he hasn’t drawn much college attention yet, but hopes to find his way into college football in the future. Playing alongside several future college football players, Kennedy says he knows he will be seen and that his time will come.