The preseason high school football All-Southern Arizona team continues today with No. 13 on our list of 22 players.
Check out a video clip on KVOA (Channel 4) tonight at 6 and 10. The team was chosen by the Arizona Daily Star and the staff at KVOA and will be revealed daily through Aug. 22.
Kevin Ackerley • QB/FS • 6-1, 180 • Sahuaro, SENIOr
• Who he is: A 1,000-yard passer last season, Kevin Ackerley possesses many positive attributes, but his best quality is mental. Ackerley desperately wants to play football at the next level, and he's not interested in junior colleges. He longs for a large, respectable four-year university to notice him and scoop him up. Ackerley understands he needs to be better than he was last season. He admits to several flaws, including slow footwork, a tendency to unnecessarily rifle the ball and a very poor completion percentage. Ackerley says he now feels so confident in his feet he can avoid almost any defensive pressure. He says his touch will be better, too, which should help his receivers hang onto more passes, increasing the Cougars' offensive production and boosting Ackerley's stats.
• Proof he's good: Ackerley basically had one target last season, senior wide receiver Fernando Aguilar, and still threw for 1,020 yards. Aguilar accounted for 693 of those yards, but no other Sahuaro receiver eclipsed 80. This year, look for Ackerley to spread the ball to at least two receivers, 6-5 senior Dior Ford and 6-3 junior Niko Kittrell. Perhaps having multiple threats will allow for other receivers to get into the mix. Another thing to note about Ackerley: He's fast. He runs track for Sahuaro and holds a personal record of 11.3 seconds in the 100 meters. He says he can also run the 40 in about 4.6 seconds. Look for more designed run plays, like options and quarterback-keepers this year, as opposed to Ackerley simply handing the ball off to a running back.
• He said it: "Over the past couple of years, we've been a run-based team. Last year, we started to balance it out. This year, we're going to open it up even more, with more option (plays). It should have me running more, which is awesome. I love having the ball."
Michael J. Craven
On StarNet: Follow the High School Preseason All-Southern Arizona football team at go.azstarnet.com/allstars
• What: Day 13 - Kevin Ackerley
• When: 6 and 10 p.m.
• TV: Channel 4