As many of you know, current Western Kentucky quarterback, Steven Duncan, re-wrote the record books at the QB position for Ashley Ridge High School, during his campaign under center. Well, his younger brother, Matthew, is looking to create a legacy of his own before the conclusion of his high school career with the Swamp Foxes.
Duncan threw for over 1000 yards as a freshman last fall.
Pretty safe to say, the rising sophomore is off to a pretty solid start early on in his career. For the sake of numbers, on last fall as a true freshman, Duncan completed 94 out of 144 passes for 1068 yards and 10 touchdowns passes, with only one interception.
Pretty impressive numbers to say the least, especially as a ninth-grader. However, Matthew clearly understands that there’s much more room for improvement, as he has been working hard this past off-season, in efforts to take his game to another level this season.
“The areas I really focused on were getting my mechanics better, making sure that my lower half is in sync with my upper half, which requires working on my footwork and agility,” Duncan explained. “I also worked on having a stronger core and overall body strength.”
Outside of the hard work and dedication that he put in this past off-season, Matthew also used one of his greatest resources, his big brother Steven.
“He has always been my biggest supporter and person to lean on,” Duncan said. “Having Steven to lean on is a huge help. He is being coached by some of the best in the business at QB. He taught me a lot of things that Coach Brohm liked, and Brohm is known as a QB guru. His current head coach, Mike Sanford, (former Notre Dame OC/former QB Coach at Stanford), has shown him a lot. Plus having Coach Spurrier as his position coach, he shows me all the things that college coaches like, which is a big help.”
“Steven has helped me in so many ways and I look up to him,” Duncan continued. “There is a reason why I wear number 11 in football. Having access to the things he does, because he plays in college, is so helpful. To have him work with me, and/or to help me understand reads is something not a lot of other players get on a daily basis, and I have access to him 24 hours a day.”
Apparently, big brother’s fortune has been rubbing off on the youngster, in the recruiting aspect of things, as little brother has been gathering interest from the likes of Wake Forest, Duke, South Carolina and many others this Spring. So, in an effort to give college coaches a taste of his skill set, the 6-2, 190-pound QB decided to take his show on the road this summer to display his talent in front of various college programs. Needless to say, the coaches in attendance were quite intrigued with what they saw out of the youngster.
“I camped at South Carolina, Duke, Appalachian State, Wake Forest, Charleston Southern, Gardner Webb, and Western Kentucky,” said Duncan. “I’ve had really good conversations with coaches at South Carolina, Appalachian State, Gardner Webb and Western Kentucky. Also throughout the summer, several other schools like Bryant University, Austin Peay, Princeton, Elon and others attended these camps and requested me to reach out to them through phone calls or twitter. This was a very good and active camp season.”
Now that the camp season has concluded, Duncan has directed his attention solely toward the upcoming 2017 season. And when asked of his personal goals for the season, the Ashley Ridge sophomore directed his answer more so toward the team as a whole.
“The goals this year are to improve from last year, to play as a team and to care for one another,” he said. “Don’t worry about who gets the fame at the end of the day, we just want to win. We are still a young team this year but, our goals are like every other team at this time of year: to compete for the Region title and hopefully win that, make the playoffs and make a run in the playoffs. Personal goals are great but I think winning takes care of all those things. I would like to make All-Region as a sophomore and be an All-State selection. But again, winning is the ultimate goal.”