As Garrett Sorenson evolved from Squalicum’s backup QB to starter under center, so did Storm coach Nick Lucey’s opinion of what exactly he’d have leading his offense this fall.
While Christian Jorgensen was busy guiding the Storm to the Class 2A State Playoff quarterfinals a year ago, Sorenson’s metamorphosis was under way. Squalicum knew they’d be moving forward with a new QB, but didn’t quite know Sorenson had to offer.
Well, one week into the prep football season, Lucey has a pretty good grasp on his junior QB.
“I think the biggest thing is he has all the attributes when you talk about, ‘What are you looking for in a quarterback if you were going to put one together, what do they have?” Lucey said. “He’s got awesome leadership, tremendous work ethic. He really benefited from playing behind Christian last year. Some people will just be the backup, but he got better.”
Replacing a talent of Jorgensen’s caliber is no easy task. And of top of that, Sorenson has been tasked with leading a team that reached the state playoffs last year for the first time in program history.
But Sorenson isn’t showing any signs of pressure.
“I don’t really think about the pressure too much,” Sorenson said. “We just think about each game as it comes.”
There’s several reasons Sorenson shouldn’t feel the brunt of keeping the Storm’s momentum going. He has a wide collection of talented athletes at his disposal. But more importantly, the junior is always prepared.
There’s few times during a day, Lucey said, Sorenson’s brain isn’t processing football.
“He leaves no stone unturned,” said the Storm coach. “He is a really bright kid, but he has the work ethic to go with it, so he has a great understanding of our system. He’s bugging me every minute there is no class, talking ball, and I couldn’t ask for more that way.”
Sorenson, who Lucey billed a passer, not a thrower, grew tremendously during the offseason. He went from a more compact, almost shot put delivery to now he can make all the throws and has impressed Lucey with his accuracy.
The Storm coach said he originally though he might have to adopt a more running-centric approach with Sorenson, but he soon realized his offense wouldn’t have to dial back any of what they did with Jorgensen under center.
While Sorenson has worked feverishly on his craft, he hopes to make up for anything he lacks with his mind and the work he puts in studying opponents.
“I always try to be more mentally ready than the other teams, so whatever that is, watching film or getting out here and running routes,” said Sorenson when asked what he prides himself in the most. “I always try to be ahead of the other team mentally, knowing what they are going to do and knowing what we are going to do to go against it and attack it.”
Lucey described his quarterback as having more of a linebacker mentality, calling him old school. He can be a physical player and isn’t the flashy type of quarterback who’d be caught wearing an arm sleeve.
Most of all, Sorenson is looking to continue his upward trajectory as Squalicum’s quarterback. He’s off to a good start, leading his team last week to a 41-14 season-opening win against Bellingham. Now he’ll have to wait a week to get back in action, after Meridian was forced to forfeit its Sept. 12 game against Squalicum at Civic Stadium in Bellingham.
“Keep improving,” Sorenson said when asked what Lucey’s main message is to him. “That is one thing he always says. If you go flat, everybody else is getting better, so you have to get better every single week.”