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Offseason work pays off for Quigley

Jack Quigley throws the ball against Cal on April 3, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Jack Quigley throws the ball against Cal on April 3, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

This offseason was a test for San Ramon Valley junior quarterback Jack Quigley.

As the pandemic rolled on and the season got pushed back time and time again, how would Quigley make use of his time? Would he sit back and wait for the bad news? Or would he prepare like it was any regular season and remain positive through it all?

Quigley chose the latter.

“Obviously it was really crazy because we didn’t think we were going to be able to play a high school season, and obviously the travel (ball),” Quigley said. “I think that, honestly, it was definitely a lot mentally and physically I’d say, but you’ve just got to fight through it. This really shows how much you love football or not, and I love football.”

Coming off an impressive sophomore season as San Ramon Valley’s starting quarterback, where he threw for 1,502 yards and 15 touchdowns, Quigley strived for more.

He was always motivated by those obtaining scholarships ahead of him, and during the offseason and the shortened spring high school season, Quigley wasn’t going to stop working. And he wasn’t going to stop shining.

As part of Cal Strength’s travel football team in the Winner Circle Athletics League in Southern California, Quigley produced some monster games in Cal Strength’s ride to a 5-1 record. He threw for 157 yards and three touchdowns in one game while being the West Coast Preps Athlete of the Week. He was 9-of-11 for 139 yards and a touchdown in another game. 

Quigley built off that by becoming one of the region’s top passers during the six-game 2021 campaign, throwing for 1,261 yards and eight touchdowns, with his 1,261 passing yards ranking No. 3 in the North Coast Section and No. 24 in California, according to statistics available on MaxPreps.

After taking a week off to recover, Quigley is right back to the weight room and getting himself ready for his final high school season.

“I think I need it, but I’d say in two weeks just hit the weight room hard, get my body right and healthy, conditioning,” Quigley said. “Just get ready. It’s a shortened offseason, but we want to be the best next year. We’ve got to start earlier than everyone else, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

William & Mary offered Quigley following his sophomore season, and while no offers have come in yet, Quigley said he is talking with San Jose State – the defending Mountain West champion – two or three times per week.

Before his junior campaign, Quigley also said he was speaking with Nevada and Yale.

“It’s kind of slow, but I’m just taking my time, seeing how it all works out,” Quigley said. “I talk to San Jose State a lot, pretty much like two or three times a week. But other than that it’s kind of slow, but hopefully after today it will pick up a little bit. I hope to take some visits soon, obviously once the dead period is lifted. Just getting ready for that.”

Although San Ramon Valley does lose some talent from this year’s squad, including San Diego State tight end signee JP Murphy, Quigley and the Wolves boast strong class coming up through the ranks.

And they are eager for one last special run together.

“Obviously it sucks to lose JP, but JP, Tags (Charlie Tagliaferri), our running back, but we’ve got some studs all throughout the program,” Quigley said. “I think we’re fine. I expect us, hopefully if we have a state championship game and playoffs, I expect us to make it deep in the playoffs.”

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