February 11, 2009

Auburn signs super talent in Rollison

The superlatives just roll out of Greg Owens.

And who can blame the Sulphur Springs head coach when he talks about his prized pupil, quarterback Tyrik Rollison, who signed with Auburn last Wednesday.

Rollison is coming off a fantastic season in which he led Sulphur Springs to the Texas Class 4A Div. II state championship, throwing for 4,728 yards and 51 touchdowns and rushing for another 1,094 yards and 12 touchdowns.

"He's a tremendous kid and a tremendous talent," Owens said. "I think Auburn has a definitely winner in Tyrik. He's led our team the last three years and has done a fantastic job for us. These last two years have been unbelievable."

Owens describes the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Rollison as a complete package at quarterback.

"He's a kid with tremendous poise," Owens said. "He has great pocket presence and feels pressure and know when to get rid of it. He's got an incredibly quick release. His ability to see the field is unbelievable. He really knows where the kids are and knows how to find them.

"He can throw any ball. He can throw the 60-yard bomb in stride, the out-route and a little touch pass to a pass out of the backfield. If it's not there and the pocket breaks down, he's got the ability to get you 10, 15, 20 or maybe more. We really didn't start running him until we got in the playoffs. We just tried to keep him healthy."

And it's not just Rollison's physical talents that impress Owens.

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