Nathan Alvis sees himself as a quarterback that might surprise some at Costa Mesa High.
In the locker room before a recent football practice, teammates teased Alvis. They called Alvis, "Michael Vick," before he headed off to the field.
Alvis throws left-handed and wears No. 7 like Vick, the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles. Coach Jeremy Osso says Alvis is less like Vick, more like Steve Young.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Alvis believes he has seen highlights of the former San Francisco 49er great.
"He doesn't know who Steve Young is," Osso said with a grin.
Alvis was barely walking when Young threw a Super Bowl record six touchdown passes in San Francisco's 49-26 victory against the San Diego Chargers on Jan. 29, 1995.
The NFL quarterback Alvis sees similarities in is not like Young or Vick when it comes to hurting teams throwing and running the ball.