This past week, IMG Academy football program-trained Sean McCarthy signed to play quarterback at Division-III football powerhouse Case Western Reserve University.
Sean played high school football locally for Bradenton Christian High School where he led his team to a 15-5 record during his junior and senior seasons. The dual-threat quarterback also set the BCHS record for touchdowns thrown in a game when he heaved five pay-dirt passes in the final game of his junior season.
Sean is a smart, tough player that can grasp things quickly," says IMG Academy football program Football Director and QB Coach Chris Weinke. "He is very coachable and has made great strides developing fundamentals at the QB position. He also has the ability to make plays on the move.
McCarthy has been coming to IMG football camps since his freshman year, and has seen his game and body improve during the past four years.
âCoach Weinke has helped me improve my throwing motion so much since I have been here, and thanks to Coach Dillman, Stefan [Visk>, and Eric [Grantham> I have been able to get bigger, stronger, and faster.â
Sean became a target of many FCS programs - formally Div-1AA - looking to recruit him to be the signal-caller for their programs, but Sean chose to forgo these offers in order to attend the Cleveland, Ohio-based CWRU to help him fulfill his true dream of becoming a doctor.
While excited about the opportunity to play college football, the real bonus for Sean is that CWRU also doubles as a powerhouse for students in his major, biomedical engineering.
"After four years of college, there will be no more football for me,â says McCarthy. âSo in life, you want to be set up with a great degree from a prestigious university. When it is all said and done, you don't want to end up with a degree from a school that is better at football and athletics, but few have heard of. That is what the decision came down to for me."
Beyond college, Sean's future plans include attending medical school, and one day hopefully opening up his own medical practice.
But for now, the only practice Sean is concerned about is the next one with Coach Weinke at the IMG Academy football program.
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