High school football previews: Ranking QBs poised for a big 2014, No. 4

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 8, 2014 

Editor's note: Whether a team runs a Wing-T, triple option, the power-I or a pro set, the man under center is the most important person on the field. He'll direct the traffic and, in theory, get the ball where it needs to go. This week, the Valley Preps Blog will take a look at a few of the Bi-City signal callers who are poised for big seasons in 2014.

ZION WEBB

Team: Central

Class: Sophomore

Ht.: 5-11

Wt: 170

Last year's stats: 69 of 143 for 905 yards, 8 touchdowns and 5 interceptions passing (in 7 games)

Career stats: (See above)

Recruiting info: N/A

Why he's on the list: It’s too early to make any bets on Webb’s long-term prospects. As a rising sophomore, he’s still growing, still learning and still getting comfortable. In seven games as a freshman in 2013, however, he did enough to get our attention.

He started six games and played in seven. In the six he started, the Red Devils averaged over 38 points per game. He was 4-2 as a starter, losing by one point to East Coweta (Ga.) and by six to eventual state runner-up Auburn.

Extrapolated over an entire season, his numbers are solid but not fantastic. He’ll need to cut down on the interceptions and prove he can be consistent for the entire length of a very grueling regular-season schedule.

That said, he led Central to a win over a top-5 Smiths Station team late in the season, passed for 140 yards against Opelika after being inserted into the game, passed for 296 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-40 loss to East Coweta and led the team to 66 points in the season finale against Stanhope Elmore.

In a new up-tempo offense under new coach Jamey DuBose, Webb could have an even bigger opportunity to shine.

Where will he go with that opportunity? Who knows?

He did enough as a freshman, however, to convince me he’s poised for big things in 2014.

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