Agner’s hard-working ascent comes to final season
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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After a steady ascent through the Woodstock football program, Justin Agner is now firmly entrenched as the Wolverines’ quarterback. His success as a passer has also contributed to boosting his image in recruiting circles.
<Br>Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
After a steady ascent through the Woodstock football program, Justin Agner is now firmly entrenched as the Wolverines’ quarterback. His success as a passer has also contributed to boosting his image in recruiting circles.
Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
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Justin Agner’s football career has been linear.

A member of Woodstock’s freshman team in 2011, he was called up to the varsity team midway through the season as the Wolverines went through five quarterbacks during an injury-plagued campaign.

As a sophomore Agner was one half of a two-man option system that also featured Alex Motsinger, who was a year older. Prior to Agner’s junior season, Woodstock coach Brent Budde introduced a spread offense, and after a year in that system, Agner has begun to command attention.

“He’s been really fun to watch,” Budde said of the senior, a member of the 2014 Cherokee Tribune Super Six. “He could run the option fairly well as a young quarterback, but I don’t think that was really his best skill set. He’s a good runner, but he can also throw the ball well. He got excited about being in a new offense and being able to throw the ball. He worked really hard at it.”

As a junior, Agner was 131-for-246 for 1,926 yards and 12 touchdowns, while also carrying the ball 51 times for nearly 300 yards and eight more scores.

Budde said Agner’s attitude is one of his favorite things about the player, and something that will give him a chance to succeed at the next level.

“He’s just a hard-working kid,” Budde said. “He is going to give you everything he’s got, every time he steps on the field.”

Agner picked up his fourth college offer last week from Colgate, along with other offers from Navy, Air Force and Illinois State. He has also received interested from such major-conference teams as Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Wake Forest and North Carolina State.

Receiving attention in a county with other talented quarterbacks hasn’t been easy. It also doesn’t help that Agner is 6 feet tall — a little short for a quarterback, in some eyes. However, Budde is quick to point out that many quarterbacks are capable at the same height.

“A lot of people are looking for 6-2 quarterbacks or 6-4 quarterbacks, but for me, you can’t measure his heart,” Budde said. “You can’t measure what kind of leader he is, what kind of young man he is. To me, I think 6 feet is tall enough. He can still compete and throw the ball. To me, Johnny Manziel is 6 feet tall. Russell Wilson isn’t even 6 feet tall, so there are so real good quarterbacks. He doesn’t have anything he needs to make up for.”

Still, Agner wouldn’t be where it is today if he hadn’t put in the work over the last several seasons.

“It doesn’t always come easy to him,” Budde said. “He is always trying to get better every day. Any accolades that he gets are well-deserved because of all the work that he has put into it. I’m happy that he’s getting the looks, and that people think that highly of him as a quarterback. I’m just real happy for Justin.”
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