DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.- Since winning the starting quarterback job at Seabreeze High prior to the 2006 season, Troy Dannehower has had his share of success. His performance has led to his emergence as a legitimate Division I prospect for the Class of 2008.
Florida, Louisville, Mississippi State and South Florida are among the college programs that Dannehower has early interest in.
Despite missing two complete games because of injury, Dannehower completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,682 yards and 18 touchdowns through the air and added 897 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground while leading Seabreeze on a deep run in the Florida Class 4A playoffs and a 10-3 overall record.
He was named the Volusia County Player of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel.
"I was just happy to get the starting job," Dannehower said. "After that, everything else was a plus. When I did the nod to start, I was just happy to perform at the level I did."
Dannehower talked about what makes him a legitimate Division I-A prospect.
"Leadership is a strength of mine," he said. "You get into situations as a team when you need to have everyone else around you believing that you can win. I also believe that my ability to run the ball and throw is a strength. That keeps defenses from keying on one thing or another."
Having the ability to thrive in an offensive system is one of the things that will be important to Dannehower when he goes to pick a college.
"I'm going to be looking at the sort of offense they run and who they have as quarterback or who they are getting as a quarterback, things like that," he said.
Dannehower talked about the program at Seabreeze, led by head coach Marc Beach, and how it's factored into his development.
"It's a spread offense that we run," he said. "We throw the ball a lot more than other schools. I can run from our formations. A lot of high school offenses, you just hand the ball off."
Dannehower plans to attend an Elite 11 workout and a NIKE Camp during the coming months.