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Versatile Vormelker leads GV

August 12, 2013
By RYAN DENTSCHEFF - Tribune Chronicle correspondent ( , Underthelights

ORWELL - Jake Vormelker is a do-it-all type player for the Grand Valley Mustangs. The two-way playing senior will make a varsity position change from wide receiver to quarterback and will retain his role as a leader in the secondary.

Vormelker believes playing wide receiver last season will help him in his transition to playing quarterback at the varsity level.

"It showed me both sides as a receiver," Vormelker said. "It showed me what it's like to be on the receiving end of a pass and what they have to do to get open."

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Jake Vormelker

He added the biggest challenge in making the switch to varsity quarterback is "reading what the defense is showing and recognizing coverages."

"But I've been playing quarterback pretty much ever since I was in peewee," he said. "Obviously it's a lot different at the high school level. So it'll be different seeing how the defense disguises their coverages (at this level)."

GV coach John Glavickas hopes Vormelker will improve the offense in his ability to pass with efficiency, as well as run.

"We're hoping that we can pass the ball - that we can be more balanced than we were last year," he said. "Because last year it really took a tremendous turn to relying on the run game."

Grand Valley runs the pistol offense which will include many option pass and option run plays. Vormelker will use his dual-threat ability to spread out opposing defenses and have the biggest impact for the Mustangs.

"I'll have the ball every play," Vormelker said. "I'll be making pre-snap reads and will be able to get the ball to the playmakers on the outside."

Although he believes he will make the biggest influence at quarterback, his defensive talents should not go unnoticed. He was second in Ashtabula County with six interceptions in 2012 and will be relied on as a leader to shut down the passing game at cornerback.

"I'll be matched up with their best receiver and pretty much shadowing him the whole game," Vormelker said.

Being the leader everyone looks to is something Vormelker appreciates and welcomes.

"I'm very excited to be in that role," he said. "I like to be that guy that people look to, whether it's problems in the locker room or if younger guys have questions about plays, they can come to me and ask me. And on Friday nights, the guy that's installing the plays in the huddle and looking at those 10 guys and knowing that those are pretty much your brothers out there playing with you and you're the leader. It's a great honor."


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