Meridian’s Marcus McGuinn may not have the amount of snaps under center that some Northwest Conference quarterbacks have, but the 6-foot-6, 197-pound senior certainly looks the part.
He’s spent the past two seasons playing wide receiver. Last year he caught 20 passes for 269 yards and two TDs, but with former three-year starter Tanner Tutterrow graduated, McGuinn seems like a strong option to fill the void left behind.
McGuinn showed flashes of his ability last season, filling in for Tutterrow at times. His numbers were solid, completing 20 of 33 passes for 272 yards with three TDs and one interception.
“I’m ready for it,” McGuinn said. “I’m ready for the big challenge ahead. All in the offseason, I would get guys together to throw the ball and look over the packets and check out some reads and some package plays.”
Coupled with McGuinn’s size and good-looking arm, he offers a wealth of speed, evidenced by a spring track and field season yielding top-four state finishes in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.
McGuinn placed third in the 110s, finishing in 15.68 seconds, and took fourth in the 300s with a 40.97.
As promising as McGuinn looks to be, Meridian coach Bob Ames said it’s no sure thing he’ll be starting under center Week 1. Trojans sophomore Simon Burkett presents Meridian with another good option, and with Burkett guiding the offense, that would allow McGuinn to line up on the outside where he could use his speed and massive catch radius.
“I’d love to (play QB), but as long as I get on the field and play, that is really my go-to,” said McGuinn, who played quarterback all through youth football.
One role McGuinn’s completely solidified thus far is his leadership standing. After taking a backseat as a junior, there’s no question McGuinn will serve as one of the team’s big-time leaders this fall.
“Marcus is a great leader,” Ames said. “He rallies the guys, and is a good liaison.”
And playing with Tutterrow the past two seasons, McGuinn has learned some of the attributes necessary to lead a program looking to get back to the Class 1A State Playoffs.
“Be a leader and always stay positive and always try my best out there,” said McGuinn of what he learned from Tutterrow. “That’s what I want to do.”
Top quarterbacks to watch
1. Sterling Somers, Lynden
Without question, there is no better passer in the Northwest Conference than Somers. The senior guided the Lions to a state title as a sophomore and to a state title appearance his junior year while throwing for 3,167 yards and 35 TDs. He also ran for 581 yards and 10 scores.
2. Mason Bass, Mount Baker
Bass’ numbers may not have been flashy last season (473 yards, 10 TDS), but his results certainly looked good and he took care of the football. The Mountaineers should be feel good about who they have under center.
3. Lucas Roetcisoender, LC
Roetcisoender took a step forward last fall (1,386 yards, 18 TDs), and now he returns for his third year as Lynden Christian’s starting quarterback. Expect big things for the Lyncs senior in his final year.