The class of 2014 for Mastrole Quarterback Academy was the best quarterback class in the Nation. Sean White (University School) was named Nike Elite 11 & The Opening MVP, Under Armour All-American, Under Armour Game MVP, All State, and signed with Auburn University. Peyton Bender (Cardinal Gibbons HS) set multiple season and career passing records for his high school and now is competing for the starting job at Washington State University. Wade Freebeck (St. Thomas Aquinas HS) signed his letter of intent with Vanderbilt University and has started as a true freshman for the commodores. Blake Sims is an excellent example of how MQA develops quarterbacks mentally and physically. After spending 3 years as a backup to AJ McCarron, Blake was a Senior and finally ready to compete for the Crimson Tide’s starting QB. The level of competition at the position was quickly elevated when a highly touted transfer, who just missed winning the job over Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, arrived on campus. Here is a time line of Blake’s progress and success after winning the starting QB job at Alabama.
On March 15th, 2014 Spring had begun with Sims returning from a week of intense work on the field and in the film room with private QB coach Ken Mastrole in South Florida
On April 5th, 2014 Senior quarterback Blake Sims led the offense with 227 yards while completing 70 percent of his passes (16 of 23) and tossing two touchdowns
June 2014 Sims heads back to Florida to work with Ken Mastrole. Their focus: Balance, alignment, stroke path, and breathing. This combined with a heavy dose of film study, understanding the dynamics of a west coast offense and how to “learn” and not memorize a playbook.
July 2014 Sims spend one more week with coach Mastrole prior to the start of fall camp. Fine tuning, understanding emotional IQ, video analysis, and film study where the final pieces before returning to Tuscaloosa. http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/11619467/blake-sims-had-many-guiding-hands-road-becoming-alabama-crimson-tide-quarterback
August 30th, 2014– Alabama vs. West Virginia: The University of Alabama’s Blake Sims set Crimson Tide records for completions and attempts by a quarterback in a starting debut game.
September 20th, 2014– Alabama vs. Florida: Sims completed 23 of 33 passes on the afternoon and his 445 yards through the air ranks second on the Alabama single-game passing yards list behind Scott Hunter’s 484-yard performance against Auburn in 1969.
November 4th, 2014– Quarterback Blake Sims was selected as one of 16 semifinalists for the 2014 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, the Davey O’Brien Foundation
The 100 plus hours Ken Mastrole and Blake Sims spent together from before spring football to the start of the 2014 season was an accelerated mental and technique driven program that has been the recipe for success with other quarterbacks that have trained with MQA.