Junior, high school quarterback Trenton Miller has become quite familiar with IMG Academy over the past four years. He first came to IMG to participate in the IMG Academy baseball program where he played the catcher position, but when the IMG Academy football program opened in 2010, Trenton turned his focus to playing the quarterback position.
The switch from behind the plate to under center has paid off for Trenton. Last August, he received the All-Madden Camp Offensive Breakout Athlete Award just prior to leading his Williamsville High School (N.Y.) football team to its best finish in school history. Trenton has recently transferred from Williamsville to potential state-champion Palmetto High School in Florida. The transfer allows him the chance to come back to the IMG Academy football program and train with Director and QB Coach Chris Weinke during the summer.
“Coach Weinke is obviously one of the best quarterback coaches in the nation,” said Trenton. ”There is no one that I would rather be learning the game from. He is tough, and I like that. He pushes me harder than other coaches have in the past. I really like his style.”
Trenton admits that the first time he met Weinke, he was somewhat star-struck being taught by someone who had won the Heisman Trophy. Trenton, along with the other campers, have gotten the opportunity to sit down with Coach Weinke and watch personal tape of him during his time with the Florida State Seminoles. While Trenton admits that he was too young at the time to appreciate what the former-Heisman winner was doing, he watches the film now and realizes how “amazing” and “unbelievable” Weinke’s game was.
Since working with Coach Weinke, Trenton notices the biggest improvement in his own footwork, ”[Coach Weinke] drills footwork a lot and my feet have gotten a lot quicker since I have started. I am a lot more sound in the pocket.”
Trenton is only a junior, but has already been receiving interest from schools such as UCONN, Missouri, Boston College, Syracuse, and a handful of Ivy League schools. His goal is to play Division-I Football and he believes Coach Weinke is his greatest asset in achieving that objective. Trenton understands that he still has a lot to work on before taking the next step. He wants to continue to work on his footwork, improve his arc and pace, and sharpen his ability to read defenses and study film.
Coach Weinke believes Trenton can reach his goal as well.
“Trenton has a tremendous work ethic and outstanding ability,” says Weinke. ”He possesses the ability to make quick decisions and throw the ball with great accuracy. On top of that, he has a live arm and all the intangibles to be a big time quarterback at the Division one level.”
And you can assume Coach Weinke knows more than a little bit about big time quarterbacks.