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Elite 11 accuracy challenge recap

Originally Published: March 6, 2009
By Michael White | Scouts Inc.

The 2009 EA SPORTS Elite 11 regional quarterback camp kicked off in Orlando at Disney's Wide World of Sports. Sixty-five top gunslingers from seven states came out to compete and learn.

Several passers put forward great performances, while battling through a windy, cold day. Clint Trickett, who's the son of Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett, was crowned the winner of the EA SPORTS Golden Gun Accuracy Challenge.

Trickett (Tallahassee, Fla./ North Florida Christian) scored seven points on the targets in the preliminary round and then captured the crown with five points in the finals. Each contestant was given two sets of throws at each target, except the deep ball.

Other participants in the final round included Jared Beekman (Harmony, Fla.), who finished with four points, Jake Farley (Cedar Falls, Iowa), who finished with one point, Quinshon Odom (Lakeland, Fla.), who finished with two points and Brandon Smith (West Palm Beach, Fla.), who finished with three points.

For a complete rundown of the EA SPORTS Accuracy Challenge scores in the preliminary round see below:

Notes: Austin has received offers from USF, Duke and Wake Forest. Bortles has great size at 6-4, 206 pounds. He has an early offer from UCF and should see more as he hits some more camps this spring and summer. Bennett is coming off a tremendous season, littered with honors. Beekman, a lefty, put up a good performance in the accuracy challenge.

Notes: Driskell already has experience because he was a starter last year. Ely had a successful sophomore year throwing for 1,700 yards and 19 TDs after stepping in for injured Georgia-signee Aaron Murray.

Notes: Mason earned several honors this past year, while benefitting from a pass-happy offense. Midgett is the younger brother of former Elite 11 selection and former Florida QB Justin Midgett. He's a two-year starter heading into his senior year. Odom lead the way in the accuracy challenge, but he has not been coached up very much.

Notes: Parnes got better throughout the day, especially his consistency. Siemian has caught the eyes of a few smaller schools already. He threw for 2,600 yards and 25 TDs as junior. Rothman is a proven winner already with two state championships under his belt.

Notes: Whitmore had an early advantage of having a heads up of what to expect from being a Elite 11 ball boy this past summer.

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