Rohrbacher Credits Fortius Project Hardware To Hard Work
On Friday nights, under those lights, there’s no doubting what Ben Rohrbacher can do. He’s made play after play over the last couple of season for the Lake Cormorant Gators. Hard work is the key ingredient behind that success, but there’s also no questioning he’s a “gamer.”
Last Saturday the rising senior wanted to come out and prove that he can shine in a camp setting, too. At the Fortius Project quarterbacks are put to the test. If there’s a throw you can’t make it’ll show.
“The camp really gave me the opportunity to showcase my skills. It had everything to do that,” Rohrbacher told SES Mississippi. “I felt like I performed really great. I came to show I can make all the the throws, and I feel like I showed that.”
One throw he knocked out of the park time and time again was the deep ball. He flashed a quick, consistent release that produced beautiful ball flight and made for routine catches for receivers downfield.
“It’s something I’ve worked on in the past year,” Rohrbacher explained. “After my sophomore season I realized I missed a lot of deep balls during that season. I worked with coach (Brandon)Degraw and he fixed it before I got into my junior season.”
The talented signal caller worked with Northeast Mississippi CC offensive coordinator Doug Saylor on Saturday. Saylor is a well-traveled offensive mind in the college football rankings, having worked under the likes of Mark Richt and Mike Bobo at Georgia and Colorado State.
Saylor urged some good throws out of Rohrbacher in individual drills and broke out the playbook during the 7on7 portion.
“Coach Saylor helped me get better for sure,” Rohrbacher stated. “He definitely knows what he’s talking about when it comes to football. I really appreciate him taking the time and teaching me a few things.”
At the end of the day Rohrbacher was named to the 15-member Fortius Project All-Combine team. That honor factored in his impressive throwing ability, but also his testing numbers. He clocked a 4.75-second time in the 5-10-5 shuttle drill and broad jumped eight feet and an inch. Both of those were much better than middle of the pack.
“It meant that I’ve gotten better at being an overall athlete at the quarterback position. It’s definitely something new I’ll bring to the table this year,” He explained.
“My main focus this year is to make plays with my feet and not force the ball. Im focused on getting faster this offseason, because I know I can make plays with my feet.”
As a sophomore Rohrbacher led the Gators all the way to the 5A north title game before suffering an injury and watching his team fall to division rival West Point. Last season they defeated undefeated Cleveland Central in the first round before being ousted in round two.
Needless to say, with just one more chance to chase a gold ball Rohrbacher is focused and locked in.
“My teammates know I’m all about business on that football field and in the classroom. They also know I make the game fun. That’s what it’s all about,” He said.
“This season is going to be totally different. We’re all committed to the team and ready to win some games. My guys have been working hard in the weight room and it’s going to show on the field.”