Improved LaSpada primed for spectacular season

August, 22, 2011
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Billerica senior QB Nick LaSpada was featured in the September issue of ESPNHS, and the beautifully-written story details his return from an ACL tear two years ago. LaSpada says he's better now than he's ever been.
So LaSpada was content to bulldoze defenders, scramble around overmatched rushers and launch deep bombs when the secondary inevitably broke down. And that style worked for him — LaSpada racked up nearly 3,000 total yards and 30 touchdowns in 2009, earning him Gatorade State Player of the Year honors.

But that player was buried on the sideline the instant LaSpada felt his leg go numb.

“My first two years, it was more about my athletic ability than being a pure quarterback,” says LaSpada. “I had weaknesses with my technique and throwing style. The book on me was to keep me in the pocket and I’ll make more mistakes there.

“The injury sort of gave me a reason to jump in and change that style a little bit. I had time to address it. It was kind of like hitting the reset button.”

Interesting stuff from the 2009 Gatorade State Player of the Year. For the complete story, click here.
Mike Grimala is an associate editor for ESPNHS. Follow him on Twitter at @MGrimalaESPN »

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