Meet the Bulldogs: quarterbacks
By Brady Keane BCC Contributor
Joe Rodriquez - QB, Sr
Joe Rodriguez is a 6 ft 185 lb senior Quarterback for the Bandera Bulldogs, and started at QB for the Bulldogs last season. In what will now be his second year at the varsity level for the Bulldogs, Rodriguez brings senior leadership as a member of the Bulldogs Leadership Council, and will play an important role in the success of the team this season.
"I'm very blessed and excited to play with a team that has never given up no matter what our record has been in the past," Rodriguez said. "We are all excited about our last opportunity to turn things around in Bandera."
Last year, Rodriguez threw for 1058 yards and 10 touchdowns, and with a year of varsity play under his belt, Rodriguez and the Bulldogs are hoping for even more success this season. However, Rodriguez's arm strength and improved decision making gives the Bulldogs several options in the passing game with a strong receiving core returning as well. Rodriguez will be a key part of the offense in either a power run game or the spread attack.
"I've gotten bigger, faster, and stronger in the weight room," Rodriguez said. "7 on 7 helped to improve both my arm strength and accuracy, and we've built a lot of chemistry as a quarterback/reciever unit."
Utah Hicks - QB, Jr
Utah Hicks is a 6 ft 215 lb junior quarterback for the Bulldogs, and is entering his second year at the varsity level as well. Hicks brings a lot of size to the Bulldog offense, and with a good showing in the season opening scrimmage against Carrizo Springs, Bandera has two quarterbacks that could both lead the team through the 10 game season.
"It felt great to just go out there and play with my teammates," Hicks said. "It was a great learning experience, and things went well. These scrimmages are a great chance to get better, and I'm just trying to take advantage of that opportunity."
Hicks is coming off of a season last year in which he served as the backup quarterback at the varsity level. However, throughout the summer Utah has demonstrated an increased level of versatility and gives the Bulldogs options at both tight end and wide receiver as well as quarterback.
"I enjoy being able to help our team win football games," Hicks said. "I try to give 100 percent whenever I'm on the field, no matter the position, to help our team be the best it possibly can be."
Photos courtesy Bulldog Nation All Sports Pride - Laurie Neff and Dianna Joseph