Colbert gets his turn to shine at MBA

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 12:00am

Luke Colbert

Two years ago as a sophomore, Luke Colbert found himself in a four-way battle for the job as starting quarterback. This season, the lanky Colbert has a firm grip on the quarterback position for Montgomery Bell Academy, winning out with impressive pre-season play.

“I’m really looking forward to this season,’’ said the 6-4, 205-pound Colbert, who has been impressive in MBA 7-on-7 camp play in running MBA’s offense. “I’m ready to get started and show what we can do.

Colbert has waited his turn and is ready to lead as a senior.

In 2007, Spencer Wise (who’s heading to Samford University this fall) eventually won the job. Wise kept his post into and through 2008 when he became a 2,000-yard passer as Colbert watched most of the time on the sidelines.

“There’s some footsteps to follow,’’ Colbert says. “The last two years, we went 13-0, with a state championship, then 10-2 with Spencer at quarterback. I’m hoping I can do my part to help us keep winning.’’

“But I need to keep improving, keep staying with the system,’’ he said. “I’m hoping to provide some leadership, especially playing the quarterback position. It’s important for the older guys, the seniors, to exert the positive influence on the younger guys.’’

Asked about Colbert, Coach Daniel McGugin said, “He’s got a lot to learn. His biggest asset is he’s been in the system for three years.’’

The Big Red opens its season with the Clinic Bowl Kickoff Classic Saturday, Aug. 22 against Pearl-Cohn at MBA’s Tommy Owen Stadium.

“I’m really excited about that,’’ Colbert said. “It’s the only game in the state that night, so the spotlight will be on us.’’

It’s the 59th renewal of the Clinic Bowl which began as a post-season bowl game, initiated in 1950 at Vanderbilt.

Incidentally, MBA’s kicking game once again appears to be in excellent shape. In a scrimmage last week against Riverdale, senior Andrew Fletcher, a two-year standout, booted two field goals, including a 52-yard field goal with room to spare.