How to handle an incoming freshman who’s going to change your life
“She’s a big personality, she’s going for it,” says a friend who’s known a few freshmen at Oregon State.
“She has a big heart, and she knows how to keep herself in the game.
She just wants to be out there doing what she loves, and it’s hard to do that when she’s trying to be the best at something.”
It’s hard not to notice that she’s the same age as freshman quarterback Josh Nunes, who’s also known as “Josh” or “the new Josh.”
Nunes is an alumnus of Oregon State and has already become an early favorite to win the starting quarterback job.
In fact, he’s already made a name for himself as the team’s top quarterback prospect, even though he’s only played in three games as a true freshman.
The 6-foot-5 Nunes is a mobile quarterback who is not afraid to make throws at the line of scrimmage.
He can do it all, but Nunes has shown that he can make plays in the pocket and throw deep in the air, too.
He has also proven he can handle the physicality of a pro quarterback, making big plays on the move.
Nunes’ biggest strength is his arm, which is what has kept him on the field all season long.
He was a dominant player in the running game last season, too, finishing with 898 yards rushing and a total of 3,942 yards passing.
Nunes is also known for his deep ball.
Nunes throws a lot of it, averaging 9.6 yards per pass attempt and 12.5 yards per attempt on deep balls, according to Pro Football Focus.
He’s able to use his size to create big separation in the middle of the field, and he also has a good feel for where the ball should go.
“He’s very mobile and athletic,” said a teammate of Nunes’ at Oregon.
“I think he can play either quarterback spot and play anywhere, but he’s really versatile.
He is going to make the most of his position.”
It doesn’t hurt that Nunes has a strong arm, either.
“Josh can be a little undersized for a freshman, but when you put him in a situation where he has to make a decision and he has a chance to make it, he’ll make the right decision,” a teammate said.
“There are a lot more options than there were a year ago.
You’re not going to be able to keep him at the position he’s at now.
I think that’s his biggest asset.”
Nunes’ main strength is the ability to move around the field.
His vertical jump was an incredible 21 feet, and his 40-yard dash was a whopping 4.9 seconds.
Nunes has also been one of the more consistent running backs in the Pac-12 this season, averaging 5.7 yards per carry and 9.4 yards per catch.
He doesn’t get the credit he deserves for his rushing ability, which has been somewhat overshadowed by his big-play ability.
Nunes carries the ball just as much as he runs, but his best asset is his ability to make plays off the edge.
Nunes isn’t the most elusive runner, and if he were to make just one big play in the red zone, it’d probably be a late touchdown or interception.
But Nunes can make big plays when the game is on the line, and that’s what he’s doing this season.
Nunes will have to show the same ability this season to make all the throws he makes at the NFL level.
“The thing I want to show is that he has the talent to make big things,” a former Oregon State teammate said of Nunes.
“But I think he needs to make more plays.
He needs to have that confidence to make that big play.
He will have that in him.
It’s a very big year for him.”
With the departure of quarterback Kevin Hogan, Nunes will be the team leader on the offensive line.
He’ll also be one of several freshmen that will compete for the starting job, and there’s no telling how the rest of the offensive corps will fare.
The offense will have a lot to work on, as Oregon State returns a few key players from last season.
It will also be a new quarterback, as freshman Marcus Mariota transferred to Oregon State in 2016.
Oregon State will also have to contend with an incoming quarterback from UCLA.
While Oregon State is one of just two schools to be ranked in the top-10 of the preseason AP poll, it is still early.
If Nunes’ arm continues to improve, it may be a bit early to call him a true sophomore.
Oregon will face its toughest test of the season when it faces Washington on Saturday, Sept. 13.