KCK Preps Colleague David Brox touched on a comparison we could be making over the next few seasons.
That comparison, if you read the post, is between Sumner Academy legendary quarterback Armand Brisbane (and yes, legendary is the appropriate word here) and sophomore stud quarterback Jordan Jackson from Bonner Springs.
Along with their jersey numbers, both quarterbacks began their varsity careers relatively early and both won early. Brisbane won a league title in his first season at quarterback and he took the Sabres to their highest heights ever.
Jackson, meanwhile, lost just one game as the full-time starting quarterback for the Braves during his sophomore season.
However, for Jackson to match Brisbane, there are two areas where there's a lot of work to be done.
1. Brisbane was tough as nails. He was the Rocky Balboa of quarterbacks. While Sumner Academy's offensive line was good to great in games Brisbane played, he took a beating. He was a return guy. He was in the secondary and if my memory serves me correctly, played linebacker at some points. He's also a mobile quarterback who was not afraid to rush for a first down. That's not to question Jackson's toughness. However, I've yet to see him take a physical beating like I did Brisbane. In the regional championship game against Baldwin two seasons ago, Brisbane got murdered on every passing down. He was never afraid to take a hit. It was the most heroic individual game I've seen. He played hurt with potentially two separate injuries and kept the Sabres within a respectable margin all night.
2. Brisbane was a magician. Brisbane was like Sumner's version of Brett Favre. Occasionally, he made some mistakes. But once or maybe twice a game, he made plays that made me say "how in the hell did he do that?" A sign of greatness for any athlete is making plays that only he or she could made. There were one or two plays two years ago that he made where only one person could make it - him.
Jackson at this point is a little more accurate than Brisbane, so there's an area or two where's he is ahead of Brisbane's pace.
But in terms of toughness and the ability to make tough plays, Jackson will have to prove it in both those areas.
It'll be tough, but Jackson blew me away this season and it's possible for him to do it.