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Leesburg football preps for life without standout QB Wyatt Rector
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Leesburg football preps for life without standout QB Wyatt Rector
Leesburg football preps for life without standout QB Wyatt Rector
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Leesburg senior QB A. J. Graham had 43 receptions and 789 receiving yards
last season for the Yellow Jackets.
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Leesburg football preps for life without standout QB Wyatt Rector

By J. C. Carnahan
Contact Reporter
Orlando Sentinel
July 12, 2018
Friday, July 13, 2018, 7:45 p.m.

Life after Wyatt Rector is underway at Leesburg.

The Yellow Jackets enter the upcoming high school football season next month tasked with replacing
their Sentinel all-area first team quarterback with an experienced senior that’s played multiple
positions in recent years.

A.J. Graham took over for Rector as a sophomore during the third game of the 2016 season when the
Western Michigan signee suffered a knee injury and was lost for the year.

Graham, a lefthander listed at 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, moved to wide receiver last fall but also took
reps at QB in practice for a squad that finished 4-6.

As a junior he went on to finish second on the team in receptions (43) and receiving yards (789).

“The good thing is, he’s got in-game experience [at quarterback] and he’s started for us as a slot
receiver” said second-year Leesburg coach Mark Oates. “He knows the offense, so taking that
experience as a receiver back to the quarterback position should help him.”

Although considerably different in size and arm strength compared to that of 6-foot-3 Rector, Oates
has been impressed with graham’s midlevel passing game and his ability to make plays on the run.

“That perspective as a quarterback and running routes all last year, and getting an idea of how
defenders are playing the pass I think it’s given him a better understanding of what he’s going to see
from the secondary,” Oates said.

Graham will lead an offense that returns five starters, including three along the offensive line.
There’s a chance Graham’s skillset continues to be used in other areas this fall as Oates said he
hopes to also incorporate freshman quarterback Ronnie Joe Gilchrist (6-2, 180) into the offense at
some point.

But no matter who is under center in 2018, they’ll have their hands full replacing Rector and the more
than 4,000 total yards and 44 touchdowns he accounted for last season.



This article was provided by Gerald Lacey
Gerald Lacey is the senior sports writer covering Leesburg High School Sports for the ©Carver Heights
Quarterback Club™. You can reach him at:
geraldlacey@leesburgyellowjacketsfootball.com
Leesburg senior QB A. J. Graham had 43 receptions and 789 receiving yards last season for the Yellow Jackets.