Robbie Hattan is getting a jump on his second season as the head varsity football coach at Colon High School. Hired late in the summer of 2016, Hattan used a veteran group well versed in the veer offense to produce a 5-5 record and a third straight trip to the Division 8 playoffs.
At the same time, fifth-year senior quarterback Zach Terrell was kicking off what would turn out to be the best season in Western Michigan University history.
Terrell set school career passing records and guided the Broncos to their first undefeated regular season, a Mid-American Conference championship and a trip to the Cotton Bowl.
On June 20, their worlds collided as Terrell, who still hopes to be on a National Football League roster by the start of the 2017 season, visited Colon for the first of several training sessions with the Magi quarterbacks.
Terrell, the MAC Vern Smith Leadership Award winner in 2016, signed an undrafted free-agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens but was released last month. He also was invited to participate at Jacksonville’s rookie minicamp.
While he continues to wait for another professional playing opportunity, he’s taking the underdog mindset that fueled a brilliant college career and applying it to entrepreneurship. He’s seeking out fellow underdogs to train, he says.
Winner of the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy, which is given to the top scholar-athlete award in the country for football, Terrell and Hattan discussed run-pass options in the spread offense for nearly 90 minutes at a masters course level prior to the arrival of the Magi players. Terrell then led the small group of QBs through a series of drills out on the field.
Terrell and Hattan gave JoeInsider.com’s Wes Morgan full access Tuesday.
For more information on Terrell’s training services, visit his website here.