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Athlete Spotlight-Juwan Biggers

Posted: November 14, 2012 - 12:05am
Photo by Jim Blaylock  Grovetown quarterback Juwan Biggers
Photo by Jim Blaylock Grovetown quarterback Juwan Biggers

After playing in Grovetown’s defensive backfield, Juwan Biggers made the switch to quarterback for the 2012 season.

What a transition.

In his first year as a signal-caller, Biggers led the Warriors to the brink of the state playoffs. Needing a win in the final week to force a three-way tie for the remaining two playoff spots, Biggers ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns while completing 12 of 19 passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns in a season-ending 47-38 loss to Jones County. For the season, he finished with 1,544 total yards of offense.

“It was a little shaky,” said Biggers. “I didn’t think I was going to start at quarterback at first. Then all of a sudden I got the starting spot and I did some good things for the team.”

Head coach Rodney Holder was confident with the Biggers move heading into the season.

“What we were doing was similar to what Lakeside was doing,” said Holder. “Our guy would be more like Juwan. He could make good decisions, he could be a good leader and he could run. He’s a good leader, a super kid, the kids love him. We needed to take advantage of that, too.”

Biggers said his background as a defensive back helped him make the leap to the other side of the ball.

“Being a DB, I know what kind of coverages are being run,” said Biggers. “So, at quarterback, if I see the other team doing the same coverage, I already know where I should be able to throw it to, what’s the weaknesses of the coverage. It helps me a lot.”

Assuming the mantle of leadership as a quarterback didn’t faze him.

“I’m already kind of a big leader because I’m first sergeant in the JROTC program,” said Biggers, who added that he would like to be a military officer. “Being a leader, it wasn’t really hard for me.”

The season helped Biggers forge a bit of his own identity, especially with the graduation of his brother Travon, who was a Warriors receiver the past two years.

“I think I was always under his shadow,” said Biggers. “People looked at him before they looked at me. But this year I guess I made them turn their faces and look at me.”

The next place people will look at Biggers is on the track. Already a competitor on the 4x100 meter relay team and in the 400m, Biggers may tackle the 100m and 200m during track season as well. He enjoys football and track equally.

“Right now it’s 51-49 and when track season comes it will be 51-49,” Biggers said. “I really can’t pick between the two.”

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