It’s a well known fact that new Memphis Head Football Coach Justin Fuente has a reputation of developing great college quarterbacks.
In his three years as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Texas Christian University, Andy Dalton and Casey Paschall flourished under his tutorledge.
That fact isn’t lost on Memphis quarterbacks Taylor Reed and former Texas Tech transfer Jacob Karam.
TigerAuthority.com was recently at a Memphis practice last week and got a chance to visit with both signal callers about Fuente’s background of success when it comes to teaching quarterbacks how to be successful at this level.
“Both Coach (Brad) Cornelsen and Coach Fuente have been great to work with us in the class room and on the field,” returning starting quarterback Reed admitted. “We have made some great strides and improvements. It has been a progress, I have learned a lot from both coaches already.”
Reed feels that he has improved this spring and feels the competition at the position has helped him elevate his game.
“It has made us both better,” Reed said. “We need to push each other to be better. It’s helping us both be fundamentally sound at the position.”
Cornelsen spent time with Fuente at Illinois State and has a reputation of turning out great quarterbacks of his own.
With Cornelsen's guidance, quarterback Johnny Deaton passed for 2,520 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2011. In addition, receiver Trey McVay was named a first-team All-American after logging 82 receptions for 1,533 yards. McVay ranked second in NCAA Division II in receiving yards per game.
After spending time at Texas Tech playing quarterback, Karam is very happy with his decision to transfer to Memphis.
“It’s the best decision I have ever made,” Karam told the media present prior to his team’s practice last Wednesday. “The competition is great. We help each other, we push each other to make both of us better. Taylor has tons of ability, we both wants whats best for this team.”
Karam has also been impressed with what he learning from both Cornelsen and Fuente.
“I have already improved a lot since I have been here,” Karam said. “Both Coach Cornelsen and Fuente are great teachers of the position. They are teaching us how to be better signal callers, better leaders and to make great decisions leading this offense.”