Zack Annexstad carries wholesome shoulders to his second yr at Illinois State
NORMAL Zack Annexstad was a quarterback who began out as a real freshman in Minnesota in 2018.
Annexstad, who will flip 23 in April, may very well be one of many older males on the Illinois State soccer workforce. However the Redbird quarterback does not really feel that approach.
I nonetheless really feel younger. Annexstad mentioned my physique was positive after the Redbirds follow at Hancock Stadium on Tuesday. I really feel like I am beginning to have enjoyable enjoying school soccer.
ISU hopes the Annexstads enjoyable will final via the complete 2023 season. The Norseland, Minnesota native missed the final three video games final season on account of an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder.
It was unlucky when it occurred. I’ve tried to get there in the previous few video games. “I could not put together sufficient,” Annexstad mentioned. He simply wanted a while. I am fully positive now, 100%.
Annexstad accomplished 63 % of his passes in eight video games (162 out of 258), for 1,691 yards, 11 targets and 7 interceptions.
ISU coach Brock Spack mentioned he was a wonderful chief. Sadly, he was injured simply on the finish of the season final yr. I assumed you have been going to be the Newcomer of the 12 months nominee.
Each Annexstad and Spack agree that the ISU quarterback can play higher than 2022.
It simply cleans up loads of little issues like legwork and timing. At 6 ft 3,220 kilos, you may by no means cease growing these little issues, he mentioned. I’ve to maintain going into the film room ensuring everybody agrees.
He must play higher. Spack mentioned he has loads of room to heal. He’s very gifted at being a very good actor. He is very unfastened and makes good, fast choices.
Annexstad is working with a number of new consumers, together with signings IShawn Stewart, Braden Contreras and Cam Grandy to go together with returning Daniel Sobkowicz, Jalen Carr and Jerome Buckner.
“We had a very good group final yr, however I feel it is a extra developed group,” Annexstad mentioned. We’ve got some velocity within the room and the youthful guys are prepared to hurry up. You are going to see new faces on the sphere this fall and I feel it’ll be actually good.
Annexstad labored extensively with offensive coordinator Tony Petersen final season, however that contact will grow to be extra frequent as Petersen strikes from receiving coach to quarterback coach following Andy Belluomini’s departure to Missouri.
Coach B is a superb man, an amazing coach. “I like the person,” Annexstad mentioned. However I am excited to have Coach Petersen within the room. Calling video games. We have been in fixed communication about totally different video games, what he preferred in sure video games, what I may do higher.
Petersen believes Annexstad can construct the 2022 season.
Petersen mentioned we will enhance what we did when he performed final fall and grow to be a greater quarterback. I’m answerable for the crime. Usually I coach quarterbacks. There’s a bit extra time now, which is sweet to be there with him. I feel this helps.
Spack believes final season’s teaching duties have labored out effectively, however that is most likely a bit extra pure.
Tony is a really skilled coach. He coached many good quarterbacks and was a very good quarterback himself. He is aware of methods to be a very good quarterback. He was an amazing receiver coach, however I feel he’ll be a fair higher quarterback coach.
White is switching
Preliminary studies of Nigel White’s transition from tail-back to corner-back have been very encouraging.
It is going rather well. “I’m very comfortable for Nigel as a result of he’s a tough employee and an amazing child,” Spack mentioned. We do not come throughout guys who can run like him fairly often. I used to be very shocked how simply he bought used to it.
“Working ahead actually quick is one factor. When you must run backwards, it is a bit tougher to study. He is by no means finished that, however apparently he is finished it his complete life.
White has 124 careers within the ISU for 519 yards and two touchdowns. He additionally has 14 receptions for 114 yards.
Fairly cool. “It was a easy transition, due to Coach (Cody) Deti and Coach (Tevin) Madison messing with me about methods and stuff,” White mentioned.
Spack introduced White into his workplace within the low season and provided a defensive cross for the 5-9,175 pounder from Lauderhill, Florida.
He mentioned he noticed my foot actions. “I’ve fairly easy, quick ft,” White mentioned. He thought I may change to DB (defensive). He was proper about this.
Nonetheless, swift White has work to do.
This can be a enormous change. White mentioned the final time I performed protection, I most likely performed within the youth league. It is about pure expertise, however it’s additionally like a lesson once I fail. I’ve to return and deal with my particulars.
White is at the moment within the second workforce on a nook kick with Mark Cannon Jr. First workforce corners Jeff Bowens and Cam Wilson.
All 4 of those guys are having a very good spring thus far, Spack mentioned. We did not know if we had Flip 4, however now we predict it’s. Nigel gave us a very large increase.
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