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Washington QB looks to hold up tradition

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One of the best kept secrets about the Evergreen State of Washington its ability to develop quarterbacks. A little known fact is John Elway grew up in Washington before playing his high school football in Southern California. There have been many quarterbacks from the state to go on to college football and beyond.
Hoping to continue the fine Washington tradition of outstanding quarterback play on the D-I level is Luther Leonard (6-2, 190, 4.6) from Seattle (Wash.) Evergreen.
Leonard earned all-league honors as a junior after throwing for 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns. He led his team to a 8-2 record
Though he doesn't do it often, Leonard has good feet and is capable of running.
The scouting report on Leonard is he has a high ceiling and could get even better. He's smart and a good decision maker.
"The best thing that Luther brings to the table besides being a great quarterback is his leadership and his competitiveness," Evergreen coach Sean Tarantola said. "He has a strong arm and can make all the throws. That isn't something every high school quarterback can do.
"Right now Luther is working on his consistency," Tarantola said. "He will make five great throws in a row then he will throw one where you will ask yourself, where did that come from? Especially at combines and camps.
"Actually Luther is better in game situations," Tarantola said. "His best stuff is on game day.
"This will Luther's third year as a starter," Tarantola said. "He was rather raw when he came here and he has really improved his understanding of offenses, his reading of defenses and the kind of passes to make off his reads.
"Luther is a worker," Tarantola said. "He works everyday on his fundamentals.
"To give you an indication of Luther's leadership," Tarantola said. "Twice a week he gathers his wide receivers and because we live in Washington where the weather doesn't always cooperate, he gets them to meet at 6:15 in the morning in the upper gym to throw and run routes before school."
Leonard is also an excellent student who carries a 3.5 GPA something that has perked up Stanford's interest. He is also getting recruiting attention from Washington, Idaho, Boise State and Columbia.
Washington wants see Leonard throw in their camp.
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