Saturday, January 5, 2013
2014 QB Key discusses combine, future
By Damon Sayles
SAN ANTONIO -- Ask those in attendance watching quarterbacks, and you’d hear positive feedback regarding 2014 Coleman Key (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow).
Measuring in at almost 6-foot-5 and 224 pounds, Key has the size that every college coach wants in a quarterback. On Friday, Key showed he has arm strength and overall skill to go with that size at the U.S. Army National Combine at the Alamodome. He didn’t get as many repetitions in 1-on-1 drills as he wanted because of the many quarterbacks at the combine, but when he had the ball, he made his turns count.
As his own worst critic, however, Key would only want to discuss the throws he didn’t make or the passes he didn’t complete. It’s that perfectionist attitude that makes Key a player to watch for the 2013 season and, particularly, the upcoming offseason loaded with camps and combines.
“I felt like it went pretty well out there,” Key said of the combine. “Of course, I would have liked to get more reps, but overall, I thought it was a good camp. I worked hard at this camp, but I thought I could have done better.
“I’m always hard on myself. I just felt like I could have been a little more accurate. Overall, I thought everything went well, though.”
Key will have plenty of time to correct his errors, and he hopes to pick up additional offers. He currently has an offer from Arkansas State, and he has received interest from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Kansas State, Tulsa and Texas Tech.
Key said he has received an invitation to Oklahoma’s junior day on Jan. 12, and he said he plans on attending. Oklahoma always has been a favorite of his, and an offer from the Sooners, he said, would be “a dream come true.”
“Growing up in Oklahoma, I’ve always been a Sooners fan,” he said. “I like their legacy of quarterbacks. Oklahoma’s always had good quarterbacks, and I’d love to be in that system. There’s something about the University of Oklahoma that would be a dream of sorts.”
Key continued: “I still want to have as many options as I can. I’m not one of those guys who will commit as soon as I get an offer. Even if you do dream of going somewhere, it may not be the right fit for you. You may not get the playing time you wanted. You’ve got to take the visits and see the campuses and make sure you’re making the right decision.”
Key did say that his Arkansas State offer was “definitely intriguing.” He was offered by Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee, former Red Wolves head coach and offensive coordinator, respectively, both now at Auburn. Key is keeping a close eye on new Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin and what he plans on doing with the program.
“With the kind of numbers they put up, I saw they liked to fling the ball with Coach Malzahn and Coach Lashlee,” Key said. “When they left, I didn’t know if I wanted to go there, but with coach Harsin coming in, Arkansas is not a bad place to be.”
Key said after Oklahoma’s junior day he’ll sit down and discuss whether or not he wants to participate in upcoming Nike combines. He said he may stick primarily to school camps over the summer.