PreSeason Report: ATH David Prince

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David Prince ‘s combination of quickness and speed drew scholarship offers from several major FBS programs, including Virginia Tech.  The Tech-bound rising senior hopes the overall quickness and speed of this year’s Patrick Henry (Roanoke, VA) varsity squad will be tough for opposing teams to handle.

David Prince (photo courtesy of Bryant Altizer Photography)

“This year we have a lot of speed.  This year we will kill some people with our speed,” Prince said.  “My first goal is to get our team to the playoffs.  I have personal goals, but I want to make sure we do well as a team first.”

As the Patriots starting signal caller for the past two seasons, Prince has produced on the ground and through the air.  He totaled approximately 1,600 yards of offense last season, including 1,000 yards passing and 600 rushing.  Patrick Henry finished with a 7-3 overall record.

Prince added an inch of height and almost 10 pounds of muscle this offseason.

“I feel like I’m a lot stronger since last year,” said Prince, who stands 6’1″ and weighs 185 pounds.  “I’ve been in the weight room a lot.  I am throwing a lot better.  I have a lot of confidence.”

Prince credits his progression to Alan Fiddler, who is in his second year as Patrick Henry head coach after serving as head coach at Division II Glenville State for seven years.

“He actually teaches the game,” Prince said of Fiddler.  “He has developed me not just as a quarterback, but he has developed me into a football player.  I understand football a lot better.  In practices, how he does things, it is very college oriented.  He runs things like the way he did when [he was at Glenville State].”

With respect to playing quarterback, Prince says he and Fiddler “go over coverages and how to read defenses.  He has taught me the game overall.”