Rancho Cucamonga QB Nick Acosta talks about building on his great junior season. pic.twitter.com/TTrbKgSmom
— Michelle Gardner (@MGardnerSports) August 5, 2017
One of the biggest question marks going into the 2016 season for Rancho Cucamonga football coach Nick Baiz was who who would step in at quarterback for the graduated Angel Matute who had turned in a stellar three years at the position.
Not only did junior Nick Acosta meet expectations, he is exceeded them.
He completed 156 of 256 offerings for 2,288 yards with 27 touchdowns and only four interceptions in leading the Cougars (12-1) to an undefeated regular season for the first time in school history. Rancho advanced to the Division I semifinal before losing a hard-fought game to national power Mater Dei.
So Acosta, a first team All-Baseline League selection and second team All-Inland Valley choice, is ready for an even better senior season.
“He did a great job of not trying to do too much,: Baiz said. “He knew he had good weapons around him and used them.”
This season the 6-foot, 175-standout comes in more confident than ever with that experience behind him. He is one of just two returning starters on offense, the other being senior lineman Joshua Gray.
The biggest difference is that Acosta has matured into the leadership role that typically comes naturally for most quarterbacks.
“I definitely feel ready to take that on this year,” he said,. “I know a lot will be expected but I am ready. I learned a lot last season.”
Colleges are starting to take notice too. His stature is working against him but he has drawn some Division I interest. Ivy League schools are starting to come calling too and that woudln’t be a bad fit given that he boasts a grade-point average of 4.2.
We’ll have a more in-depth story on Acosta coming up in the newspaper soon. Stay tuned!