Conner Ascher first wanted to play quarterback at Sage Hill School when he made the jump to varsity last season. In the way, three hurdles.
The first issue was Ascher's size. At 5-foot-8, 120 pounds back then, one hit and he can seriously get hurt in the pocket. He also stood third on the depth chart at quarterback.
The starting quarterback gave Ascher great advice.
"Randall [Mycorn] said I should think about it, just being the backup," said Ascher, who began wondering where he belonged on the football field.
He saw himself more likely on the offensive side.
Ricky Sharpe, the secondary coach, believed otherwise. He told Coach J.R. Tolver why.
"Man, he has to play DB," Sharpe remembers telling Tolver before Ascher's sophomore season. "If he's not starting at quarterback, then I'm going to take him."
Sharpe has taken Ascher under his wing ever since. The two are similar, reserved and quiet.