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Alan Miller Jewelers First Team All-Press quarterback Drew Kuns is like most quarterbacks.

"I just like how you have the ball every play," the Clay senior said. "You can control the game."

Kuns did a good job of doing that during his two-year career. The 6-3, 180-pound first-team All-City League pick holds all but two school passing marks for a game, season and career.

"I think it was pretty good," Kuns said of his two years as a starter. "I could have been better. I had four or five games in my career, games that didn't live up to my standards of how I should play."

Kuns, who has a 3.3 GPA, completed 140 of 211 passes this season for 1,776 yards and 13 touchdowns, with six interceptions, as the Eagles finished 7-3 and 5-2 in the CL.

Last season he threw for more than 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns while completing 116 of 178 passes. His only interception as a junior was against Scott, when he got hit and his tipped pass was picked off by a defensive lineman.

"He's a three-sport athlete and a great kid," second-year Clay coach Mike Donnelly said. "He has good decision-making and he gets the ball out of his hands quickly. He has a very good grasp of the offense. Those are three things you need to have in order to have a high completion percentage and a low interception total.

"If you're able to have a good grasp of the offense and you know where your receivers are going to be and be able to make quick decisions based on the defense and have a quick release, that's the formula for success as a quarterback."

Kuns replaced A.J. Achter at quarterback in 2007. Achter, who is now on a baseball scholarship at Michigan State University, was an all-league selection in football, basketball and baseball at Clay.

"I felt some pressure replacing him, but he taught me a lot about the game," Kuns said. "He taught me when to throw the ball and what's the timing. He helped me a lot in every sport we played, including basketball and baseball."

Kuns first played quarterback in the seventh grade but was moved to fullback in the eighth grade. The following year, he was a freshman starting for the Eagles' junior varsity team.

He remembered being "really nervous" in his first varsity game a year ago, in a loss to Northview.

"I just didn't want to mess up," Kuns said. "It was coach Donnelly's first game and mine. It was a rough game. We got drilled and I put a lot of it upon me. I went like 7-for-17 (passing), and that doesn't help. It just made me realize the speed of the game is so much different from jayvee to varsity and I'm going to have to pick up my game.

"I believe I progressed a lot, reading the plays. In our offense, the passing game is all about reading the defense. I worked on that a lot. I might have tried to squeeze more passes in as I got older because I thought I could. As a junior, I wouldn't because I was nervous about not making the throw or something."

Kuns, who never attended a quarterback camp for prep players, credited Donnelly and assistant coach Rod Achter with helping him progress as a quarterback.

Kuns will now move onto the basketball court, where he played guard and forward last season for the Eagles. He said the football season "went too fast."

"I loved our team this year," Kuns said. "We were like a huge family. All of the players and coaches got along."

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