Up north at Pleasant Hill, Quinn Kaehler is one Diablo Valley College player sticking his fork into opposing defenses.
This Diablo Valley signal-caller is putting up strong numbers through five games on the junior college scene. Even at 2-3, the Vikings could easily be 5-0 with how close their contests were. Kaehler has been on his game in all five outings, even against state title threat San Francisco City College.
In the week one opener, the Vikings nearly dethroned the state champion from 2011, behind 459 passing yards and four touchdowns from Kaehler in the 48-41 loss. The following week, Kaehler went off on Santa Rosa with 36-of-51 passing for 401 yards and four more touchdowns despite the 28-26 loss.
His Viking team is currently on a two-game win streak, and Kaehler is one of the driving forces behind the turnaround at Diablo Valley. He had a season-best 479 yards and five touchdowns in the 44-20 rout over Chabot College, then followed that with 269 yards, a 74.3 completion percentage and two more touchdown tosses.
At 6-foot-4, 220-pounds, Kaehler already has the look of a college football quarterback. One reason behind his 19 touchdown throws through five games is how quick his release is. Not only does Kaehler do an excellent job at releasing the ball rapidly, his ability to quickly locate his target is a plus from a vision standpoint.
His zip, tall frame and composure when dealing with a heavy rush are strengths. Kaehler looks calm in the pocket and won't hesitate to fire away even with one guy ready to bury him. I will say, his footwork isn't the most polished. He hasn't been the most fluid at planting his feet properly.
Kaehler, though, does have mobility in him, proven by his reported 4.67 40-yard dash time. The sophomore has two strong defenses forthcoming in Monterey Peninsula (Oct. 6), then Reedley College (Oct. 12). If he continues to fire away, he could be on pace for a 40 touchdown season.
After evaluating him, he looks better fit for a spread offense at his next college stop with his quick release and vision.
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