“We Have To Find A Quality Backup Quarterback" | Ohio State Transfer J.P. Andrade Looking To Secure Jackson State Backup QB Job

“We Have To Find A Quality Backup Quarterback" | Ohio State Transfer J.P. Andrade Looking To Secure Jackson State Backup QB Job

BIG DRIP /  Sports   /   Aug 25th, 2022   /   0 COMMENTS

The Jackson State Tigers are preparing to face the FAMU Rattlers on September 4th, in Miami. The game dubbed the “Orange Blossom Classic” will go a long way in determining who wins the SWAC Eastern division crown. Last season in a rain soaked affair the Tigers outlasted the Rattlers (7-6). The one-point victory being the difference in JSU playing for and winning the SWAC championship, and the Rattlers not making it. And while this season’s matchup is expected to be another good one, the Tigers are the more talented team. 


Led by Pro Football Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders the reigning Eddie Robinson Award winner (top coach in FCS) and his son Shedeur the reigning Jerry Rice Award winner (top freshman in FCS) the Tigers have their leader on the sidelines and on the field. But Coach Prime wants to make sure in case of injury to Shedeur, he has an adequate backup ready to step in and lead his team. A player who seems to have a leg up on the others is former three-star recruit J.P. Andrade an Ohio State transfer. But here’s the kicker Andrade is caucasian, and out of high school turned down scholarship offers from South Alabama, Fordham and Morehead State. Instead opting walk-on at Ohio State. 


Andrade Is The Favorite Although Coach Prime Is Trying To Keep The Intrigue:


Andrade is a pro-style quarterback much like JSU starter Sanders, and while Coach Prime makes it sound like an open competition, Andrade will have to fall flat on his face to not land the gig. And he transferred to JSU for this exact opportunity. 


“It’s a heck of a fight to see who’s the two. It’s going to continue for another couple of weeks. We have to find a quality backup quarterback. We have them on campus. We have them here. We just have to see who’s going yo take that next step and spear themselves from the others.”


Andrade has the physical makeup that Sanders wants, standing 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds. He also possesses very good arm talent, which is needed to make all the throws in new offensive coordinator Brett Bartolone, uptempo pro-style spread attack. 


Andrade Played In System Similar To This One At Ohio State:


The system Andrade spent three seasons in at Ohio State is very similar to what the Tigers are gonna be running this year under Bartolone. The offense will look to stretch the defense using the entire length and width of the field, in an effort to get the football into the hands of their playmakers with as much space to operate as possible. Sort of like what we saw the Buckeyes do last year with Heisman finalist C.J. Stroud and his wide receivers Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, two 2022 NFL Draft first-round picks.


The Tigers are gonna look to do the same thing with Sanders, and his weaponry in Malachi Wideman who had 12 touchdown receptions last season. And the two highly-touted freshman in Kevin Coleman the No.44 ranked recruit in the 2022 class. Plus two-say sensation Travis Hunter the nation’s No.1 ranked recruit in the 2022 class. He’s gonna play both ways and possesses elite deep, ball skills and a feel for the cornerback and wide receiver position. 


Concepts matter and Andrade should know the verbiage and nuances of the scheme having been under Ryan Day for three seasons. 


It’s his job to lose, even if Coach Prime wants to try and make us believe something different. 










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