Aug 19, 2012 12:28 AM by Bill Halter
The Cal Poly football team ran a 70 play scrimmage on Saturday morning at Spanos Stadium. Young players took most of the snaps including true freshman quarterback Tanner Trosin. Trosin marched the Mustangs down the field for a touchdown in his lone series of the scrimmage. The 6'1" quarterback had an impressive 35 yard run in which he broke one tackle and avoided many other defenders with shifty moves. Trosin was 1-2 passing with a six yard completion to true freshman slot back Elias Stokes who graduated from Paso Robles High School. Stokes had two catches for six yards in the scrimmage. Trosin finished the drive with a one yard touchdown plunge.
Trosin had an incredible amount of success as a senior at Folsom High School. He completed 360 of 527 passes (68 percent) for a state record 5,185 yards. He threw 49 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions while rushing for 1,179 yards and 20 touchdowns. Trosin was named Max Preps State Division II Player of the Year.
Despite all his success in his one season as a varsity quarterback, Trosin was not heavily recruited by division one colleges. Cal Poly was attracted to his ability to be a threat as a runner and passer.
Despite a nice showing in the scrimmage, Trosin is expected to red shirt this season for the Mustangs. "I think you can see he has the ability to run and obviously throwing for 5,000 yards in high school. He can throw it pretty good too. He's got a good future here but the probability is he's a red shirt" said Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh.
Trosin says the pace and speed of the college game has been a tough adjustment, the 18 year old agrees that he should red shirt this season. "I need to get some more learning experience. Get the offense down, the whole offense and then we'll take it from there" said Trosin.
Senior Andre Broadous will start at quarterback and be backed up by senior Doug Shumway, red shirt freshman Chris Brown, junior Kenny Johnston and sophomore Vince Moraga. Brown will likely be Trosin's main competition for the starting spot next season.
The Mustangs open the season at home against the University of San Diego on September 1 at 4:05pm. The Teroros were 9-2 last season but played an easier schedule than Cal Poly. The Mustangs finished 6-5 last season and missed out on the playoffs for a third straight season.
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