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LA North: Perseverance paying off for Arbuckle

April, 30, 2011
4/30/11
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LOS ANGELES -- What would the game of football be, regardless of the level, without one of those good ol' fashioned quarterback controversies?

Rest assured, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Nick Arbuckle desires a starter's role, similar to most of his peers. However, it appears as if the 2012 prospect is destined to begin his senior season as the backup to teammate Marc Evans.

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National Underclassmen CombineNick Arbuckle, the backup QB at St. Bonaventure, took home MVP honors for his position at the recent National Underclassmen Combine in Pasadena.
It's a quandary, there's no doubt about it. But for those who actually think Arbuckle is completely content with his current situation, think again.

Suppose that best explains why he was diligently working toward improving at the recent National Underclassmen Combine in Pasadena. Arbuckle performed so well, in fact, the 6-foot, 200-pound signal caller took home MVP honors for his position.

“It doesn't matter where I'm at, it can be a combine or at my high school, my goal is to get on the field and separate myself from the other quarterbacks,'' Arbuckle said. “Taking advantage of an opportunity when you have one has always been important to me.''

When given the chance to step to the forefront during the NUC Combine at Pasadena High, Arbuckle did not hesitate. He rose to the challenge. He thrived.

In the early morning session, players such as Troy Rose (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne), Jordan Thiel (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley) and Mitchell Shelby (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) were considered as the main attractions during timed drills.

Arbuckle managed to hold his own.

Shortly thereafter, the strength testing portion of the combine started up and all eyes were on Brandon Carter (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga), Orion Awa-DuBose (Oxnard, Calif./Rio Mesa) and Ryan McDaniel (Torrance, Calif./North Torrance).

Still, Arbuckle proved to be no slouch.

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