Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y.) quarterback Jake Zembiec is one of 18 rising high school seniors selected to compete in the finals of the Elite 11 Quarterback Competition at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. Team Red, White and Blue put the quarterbacks through what Zembiec called “Navy SEAL-type training” on Sunday.
There were workouts on Monday, and the quarterbacks began to learn the plays being used during 7-on-7 competition. They also met with high-performance psychologist Michael Gervais. Zembiec, who has given a verbal commitment to Penn State, will be sharing his thoughts with Gannett partner Democrat and Chronicle periodically throughout the competition.
The first thing we had to do during the Seal training was run two miles with a 50-pound bag. Second, we had to build a plane with Legos. The third thing was we had to carry people on a stretcher for 30 minutes, up and down the field.
It was a lot harder than I thought. A lot of kids were cramping up or throwing up, but it was kind of cool. Nobody was too prideful, we were all too tired, so we had to work together. We had to do another exercise where we picked the weakest link and tell them face-to-face. That wasn’t great, no one wants to hurt anyone’s feelings. We didn’t get to sleep until around 1 a.m.
Michael Gervais is a big figure. He works with the Seattle Seahawks and other teams. He’s trying to get our minds right (for the competition). The workouts were difficult the first day, then we kept grinding, but it’s all good.