‘Drew’ grit: Senior signal-caller earns pinnacle All-State honor
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Who knew that suiting up for the Aurora Superstars 10 years ago would lead to this?
For Knights senior Drew David, toiling away in the organized tackle football ranks eventually led to being tabbed the starting quarterback three years running for Kaneland High School football. With that responsibility came numerous all-conference honors and a State semifinalist trip in 2011.
Last week, David was named to the Class 5A 2013 Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State Team.
“I was on my way to first period, and coach (Tom) Fedderly found me in the hallway and handed me the paper that said I was an All-Stater,” David said. “It was pretty surprising.”
Having thrown 84 touchdowns in his varsity tenure, good for sixth all-time in the state, and rushing for 14 touchdowns on his own, Fedderly was not surprised at the season-long culmination.
“That kid is just a student of the game,” Fedderly said. “We put a lot on his shoulders, especially this year. The bigger the game, the calmer he was.”
Leading the Knights offense to three winning seasons and two undefeated regular season campaigns meant an entire body of work for the Association to look upon, including an impressive 2013 outing.
“I’m not saying it was an expectation, but it was a pretty big honor. You just work for it,” David said.
David, who threw for over 7,200 yards in his varsity time, noted one instance in particular to encapsulate his Kaneland stay.
“It was the comeback win over Morris to end my junior year (Oct. 19, 2012),” David said. “It was finally playing with all my buddies, and we got a conference championship, and it was a team effort.”
With such rival skill players like Evan White of Rochelle and Ben Niemann of Sycamore also making the All-State squads, it speaks to the fierceness of the Northern Illinois Big XII, as well.
“You see all the All-Staters from the conference, and it tells you how good it is week in and week out,” Fedderly said.
While not entirely sure what lies ahead, David is exploring options to schools large and small for the 2014-15 school year.
Whether David walks on at a bigger program or plays at a larger role in a Division III outfit, Fedderly can easily relay what a team would be getting.
“They’ll get a very good student and a good kid,” Fedderly said. “Not only an All-Stater, but a quality person.”