Plymouth Whitemarsh’s Aiden O’Brien moves to QB – PA Prep Live
WHITE MARSH >> The Plymouth Whitemarsh quarterback has a different job description than appellants at other schools in the area. The Colonials execute the turn offense, which asks the quarterback to decide whether to hand the ball, keep it, or throw it on most plays.
Junior Aiden O’Brien takes the reins of PW’s offense this season. He was a running back last year and also served as a backup quarterback. He changes positions with last year’s starting quarterback Chris Mclaughlin to allow the latter to focus on defense from the free safety position. The shift change occurred during the first week of camp.
âAiden was a starter for us last year in his sophomore year,â said PW coach Dan Chang. âHe worked so hard. I wouldn’t say he took over as (QB), it was just better for us to have Aidan on quarterback and Chris two. They just reversed the positions there, allowed us to open up Chris to play a little more defensively.
“I work hard, I know the games and I am able to lead the attack well,” said O’Brien for his time at quarterback.
On why he wanted to move to quarterback, O’Brien said, âI get more involved, I get more hits and I just like playing quarterback and leading the offense. ”
O’Brien, a Plymouth Meeting native, played a big role in his sophomore year in 2020. He has played several 100-yard games over the home stretch, including a performance of nine carries, 103 yards and three touchdowns on the final stretch. the season finale against Wissahickon. .
Running is O’Brien’s strength, but the team also loves what he can do by throwing the ball.
âHe’s naturally a running back,â Chang said, âbut he’s got a pretty good arm. He makes good decisions, he throws the ball well. I’m glad to have him there and we have him there. “We’ve been around for two years now. He’s also been our alternate quarterback all last year, so he knows the job pretty well. It was a pretty smooth transition.
“I can still throw the ball,” said O’Brien, who was a quarterback in college and ninth grade. “We certainly have a good running attack, but we can also throw the ball.”
The move to quarterback also changes O’Brien’s role off the field. He has entered a position more than a leadership position this year.
âHe is becoming a leader for our team,â Chang said. âHe is more vocal, he sets an example on the pitch. In the weight room, he’s one of our hardest-working guys, the most consistent guys. That’s what we love to see in this quarterback position.
âI feel comfortable (in the lead),â said O’Brien, who is also a starting linebacker. âI am ready to do it. I will do whatever the team needs.
O’Brien will make his college quarterback debut Friday night on the road against Central Bucks South at 7 p.m. ET. Until then, he’s focused on whatever it takes.
âPut all our games in order,â he said. âAll the little things, the details, the blocking tasks, the steps, the taps – you just need to polish all the little details. ”
Plymouth Whitemarsh schedule
8/27 Plymouth Whitemarsh at Central Bucks South 7 p.m.
9/3 Plymouth Whitemarsh at Methacton 7 p.m.
9/10 Norristown to Plymouth Whitemarsh 7 p.m.
9/17 Plymouth Whitemarsh at New Hope-Solebury 7 p.m.
9/24 Plymouth Whitemarsh at Springfield Montco 7 p.m.
10/8 Cheltenham to Plymouth Whitemarsh
10/15 Plymouth Whitemarsh at William Tivent 7pm
10/22 Upper Moreland to Plymouth Whitemarsh 7pm
10/29 Wissahickon to Plymouth Whitemarsh 7 p.m.