Two years ago, Adam Friederichsen was the fourth-string quarterback at Carlsbad La Costa Canyon. Next season, he will be on the University of Arizona roster.
In his only season at Rancho Cucamonga, the senior started and helped the Cougars to the CIF-SS Inland Division semifinals, helping him earn a priority walk-on offer from Arizona, which means he won’t receive a scholarship but will be guaranteed a spot on the roster.
A family illness prompted Friederichsen’s family to move closer to the City of Hope cancer treatment center in Duarte, landing him at a school that had just graduated its two-year starting quarterback.
With a fleet of college-caliber receivers, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Friederichsen threw for 1,849 yards with 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
“His dream to play D-I football came true after a visit to Tucson two weeks ago and a meeting with (coach Rich) Rodriguez,” said Gustavo Friederichsen, Adam’s father.