RYE, N.Y. Following Ryes loss to John Jay-Cross River in week two of the current football season, Jake Meyerson did something not many student-athletes would do volunteer to change positions.
Meyerson, the starting quarterback, mentioned to one of his defensive coaches that freshman Andrew Livingston should be given a chance at quarterback. Meyerson, would graciously move to running back.
I had thrown two interceptions, Meyerson said. I thought I let the team down and I was the sole reason for us losing. I felt I was not helping the team like I should.
When Rye returned to practice the following week, Meyerson found himself lining up at halfback. The change has rejuvenated the Garnets and Meyerson. Rye is on a three-game winning streak and is more dangerous offensively as teams now have to contend with Meyerson.
Coach Garr called me into the office and I didnt know what it was about, said Meyerson who rushed for 104 yards in a 17-7 win over arch-rival Harrison. He said he had heard that I thought Andrew deserved a chance to play quarterback and I was interested in playing running back. When he asked me, I told him I would do anything to help the team.
Meyerson has been a major addition to the offense. At 6 foot-1, 195 pounds, he can run between the tackles and has the speed to get to the corner on a sweep or off-tackle run. Opposing defenses can no longer focus on fullback Joe Simolacaj with Meyerson behind him. Meyerson also provides the Garnets with an X-factor.
I was a running back for two years, then I realized I could throw the ball so I wanted to be a quarterback, Meyerson said. I love the change and being in the backfield.
Once it was official, Meyerson became Simolacajs student. His teammate, good friend and fellow captain gave him a crash course on being a running back.
Joe has showed me the ins and outs of what it takes to be a running back, Meyerson said. The biggest adjustment I have had to make it being able to handle the abuse. I went from being hit not that much to being hit 16, maybe 20 times a game.
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