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Novak getting looks, Big Ben comparisons

Quarterback Ryan Novak (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) doesn’t mind the comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger. If you watch him play and notice Novak’s 6-foot-5, 215-pound frame, some of the comparisons are warranted.

Novak’s hoping the comparisons will parlay into a few scholarship offers this spring and summer. Currently, he is receiving looks from Tulsa, Colorado, Oklahoma State and a few other schools.

“I’ve gotten that the past three years,” Novak said of the Roethlisberger comparisons. “I wasn’t all that mobile my freshman year, but I was able to extend plays. I’m a big kid who much rather would like to stand in the pocket and take the big hit. I’m not really a run-first kid, but I like to pick defenses apart.

“I don’t mind being compared to a pro. I take it as a compliment. I mean, he extends plays.”

Novak, who has lost roughly 20 pounds since last year, has been working on his mobility and agility in addition to maintaining his accuracy and arm strength. He has thrown for more than 3,400 yards and 26 touchdowns in three varsity seasons – the last two of which he was a starter – and he’s looking to build off a junior year in which his numbers were down compared to his 2,226 passing yards as a sophomore.

This offseason is important to Novak, and he’s taking it very seriously. He attended Oklahoma State’s junior day this past weekend, and he’s planning on attending Boise State’s junior day on April 7. He also plans on participating in several spring and summer camps and is planning on making a trip to Tulsa for spring break.

“[Oklahoma State] was great. I’d been to the campus, but I have to say by far that they have some of the best facilities in the nation,” Novak said. “[Offensive coordinator] Coach [Todd] Monken pulled me and my dad in his office and said they are real interested. He wants to come out and see me toss the ball around.”